Clean Care is Safer Care

Update No 2

11 March 2009

Dear colleagues

This is the second update we are emailing to everyone who is an enthusiastic advocate for patient safety, and in particular, hand hygiene at the point of care. Since we sent out the first update, we have had a tremendous response to our call for health-care facilities to register interest in SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands. To date, 930 facilities have registered from 74 countries. You can see the countries listed by WHO region on the website. We are well on target to achieve 5000 facilities registered by 5 May next year!

Information requests

Thank you for the many requests for more information and inquiries about translations and when these will be available. To respond: On 5 May, the revised hand hygiene implementation toolkit and the new self assessment framework will be available on the website and can be downloaded at no cost. Translations into the official WHO languages will be completed as soon as possible after that date. We anticipate this work will be done and available on the website within three months. However, as they are finished and posted on the website, we will highlight this with an advice notice.

Who can register

Some questions have come in about the difference between hospitals and health-care facilities. Also, whether ambulance services can register. The answer is yes, any organisation can register that works with people where direct hand contact is an important part of care. This includes for example:

  • Hospitals
  • Health-care facilities
  • Ambulatory services
  • Social services
  • Care for older people

Country plans for 5 May 2009

Several countries have told us about their plans for 5 May this year. We will post information about these plans on the website shortly.

Geneva, Switzerland 4-5 May 2009

A two-day technical meeting will be held at WHO Headquarters on Geneva, Switzerland on 4/5 May. Delegates will include representatives from countries who have already established hand hygiene campaigns or programmes. It will be an opportunity for them to share knowledge and ideas and also to confirm the establishment of a formal network of campaign countries. Globally, 116 countries and areas have pledged support for the First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care. Our aim is to encourage these countries to establish hand hygiene campaigns by 2020.

Hard copy registrations

Not every facility has ready access to the internet. We have therefore prepared a paper-based registration form which can be faxed or posted to facilities. Regional Focal Points in each WHO region can supply these forms or you can get them from the WHO Patient Safety office by faxing your request to: + 44 (0)207 210 5919 or posting your request to:

Ms Michal Frances
WHO Office for Patient Safety London
Department of Health
147 Richmond House, 79 Whitehall
London SW1A 2NS
United Kingdom

Thank you for your continued support for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands.

Yours sincerely
Dr Cyrus Engineer
Project Lead, SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands