Clean Care is Safer Care

Update No 17

5 February 2010

Dear colleagues

10,000 for 2010

In this month's newsletter:

  • The inaugural WHO infection control webinar & February's webinar
  • Some recent questions and answers
  • Helping to promote 5 May 2010
  • Sharing your 5 May activities with WHO
  • Fliers for events & other resources

Inaugural WHO webinar & February's webinar

The inaugural lecture of WHO Infection Control Webinar Series took place on 19 January 2010. Hundreds of health-care professionals from around the globe tuned in to hear the lecture on 'The global burden of health care-associated infections' presented by Dr Benedetta Allegranzi, deputy lead of WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge. Many participants sent in questions, which were answered live by Dr Allegranzi at the end.

The next free webinar will be on 16 February at 15.00hrs Central European Time (Geneva time), 14.00hrs GMT. Don't miss this opportunity to hear an excellent lecture by Professor Didier Pittet on 'The Modern Approach to Infection Control'. You can sign up free of charge by going to the link directly below (remember if this link does not take you directly to the web page, copy the address details into the URL line of an open web page). After you have registered your details you will receive full instructions on how to join the webinar.

Questions and answers

Timings of webinars - We received some enquiries about the timing of the webinars in many different locations around the globe. The times we provide can easily be converted by looking up 'time zone convertor' information in books or on the internet, using the CET (Geneva) time we provide. Unfortunately we cannot provide a full list of time zones around the globe.

Attendance at local events planned to support 5 May 2010 - We have received many requests to attend events around the world. Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend all local or country events; and we hope that the focus will be on activities taking place at the point of patient care to improve hand hygiene and patient safety, rather than on WHO. We will do what we can to support events and activities in other ways, including sending letters from WHO, on your request, to provide personalised support. For Professor Didier Pittet's hand hygiene webinar, planned as a WHO supporting activity on 5 May, you can easily check what time it will take place in your time zone to tie this in with your event/activity. Details for registering for the webinar will be sent nearer the time.

Questions and answers on all aspects of hand hygiene, the First Global Patient Safety Challenge and SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands can be found at:-

Helping to promote 5 May 2010

Registering for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - it couldn’t be simpler to encourage health-care facilities in your own town, country or region to register their commitment to SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands and to be part of this global movement. Just tell them to complete the form by following the link below. Or, if people don’t have access to the internet, you can encourage them to register by post (they can contact us for more information on this).

Remember 10,000 for 2010!

Sharing your 5 May activities with WHO

We have already received some exciting information about plans for 5 May 2010 but we want to hear more. Email us at and we will share this information on a dedicated website to encourage others and to celebrate all of your efforts. Last year almost 100 people from around the globe shared their plans. We hope to see many more this year.

Fliers for events & other resources

Many thanks to all of your who showed a keen interest in distributing postcard sized fliers promoting SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands and WHO '5 Moments for Hand Hygiene'.

Requests for fliers, and CD Roms containing all of the tools for resource limited countries, can still be sent to

Remember to check all our web based resources targeted at health-care facilities below:

The SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands initiative has already helped many developed and developing countries, having enhanced and re-energised the efforts of WHO Clean Care is Safer Care programme launched in 2005, as well as many ministries of health, organisations and health-care facilities. Do your part to demonstrate support and leadership for this growing global movement, encouraging action at the point of care to prevent health care-associated infections.

Yours sincerely
Claire Kilpatrick
Programme Manager, First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care