Frequently asked questions & answers

How can commercial companies supporting hand hygiene in health care get involved in SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands?

The SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands initiative receives support from many different people and organisations around the globe. We hope that this initiative is interesting and motivating for many and we value all the efforts in helping to promote it.

WHO has many rules around working with private/commercial partners, including that commercial companies cannot produce or disseminate materials as they exist as WHO materials. However, there are ways in which we hope that they can still act to ensure clean hands and support WHO activities:

Reproducing, adapting and translating WHO hand hygiene illustrations

What supporting materials do you have available for us to use for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - 5 May 2010?

There is a full range of updated and new tools and materials for you to use which can be downloaded from the website. To access these, please click on the links below.

Hand hygiene improvement tools & resources | Advocacy resources

Is WHO holding an event on 5 May 2010?

WHO Patient Safety is organizing a live webinar to be broadcast by Professor Didier Pittet. The aim of SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands is to promote action at the point of care, as well as supporting a global movement, therefore a central event in Geneva is not a key feature of the initiative. To find out more about what WHO is doing for 5 May 2010 see the web pages.

Can someone from WHO attend our event on 5 May 2010?

It is difficult to know at this stage whether anyone can attend events and activities that are locally organized as there will be many going on around the world. However, depending on the event, we will work with the local organizer to see what can be done. Requests should be sent to If we cannot attend your event we will try to support you in other ways, for example sending a letter of support from Professor Didier Pittet and the team.

Who is 5 May 2010 aimed at?

All health-care workers in all locations throughout the world, in hospitals and other health-care settings where patients are being treated or cared for. It is also aimed at health-care administrators, managers, organisations and societies who have an interest and role in preventing health care-associated infections and who can support the global call to action.

If I registered for 5 May 2009, do I have to re-register for 5 May 2010?

Not at all. Your first registration will be carried over for 2010.

Where can I get the registration form?

Registration forms are available for download on the website or you can simply register online by completing the form and pressing the send button.

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands registration form

The links in the SLCYH newsletter do not work, can you send the correct links?

The URLs in the newsletter are correct. If the links don’t work for you the problem could be that your version of email does not allow you to go straight to a URL. The links must then be copy-pasted in the internet window.

How do I promote my activity planned for 5 May 2010?

Just email us the details to and we will upload it onto the website. We may need to précis some of the content to fit the page. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment and enthusiasm and to ask for your ongoing support over the coming months and indeed years. We appreciate the time and effort taken to continually promote local action as well as being part of our global movement to ensure clean hands save lives. The input from individuals at all levels, from health-care facilities to governments is truly valued and acknowledged by WHO.

Is 5 May an official global hand hygiene day?

To have an official UN mandated day requires United Nations sign-off at the World Health Assembly. 5 May is not currently UN mandated, however, this does not stop it being an official WHO global movement. The wording to be used therefore is that the WHO's SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands initiative is an annual global call to action.

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