Clean Care is Safer Care

Update No 4

14 April 2009

Dear colleagues

In the last two weeks, registrations have continued to flow in to the email. We now have over 2000 registrations as the registration details below demonstrate. You can see the list here. Many hospitals and health-care facilities from countries and territories all over the world are also sending us details of ways in which they are going to highlight the importance of hand hygiene. These are now also listed on the website and you can read them here.Congratulations to everyone who has accepted this call to action and is helping highlight the importance of hand hygiene to reduce health care-associated infections.


This week we now have a total of 2384 health-care facilities registered with a combined staff of over 2.25 million and more than 1 million beds. The health-care facilities are from 98 different countries and territories. This is a tremendous response and it means that we are well on our way towards our target of 5000 health-care facilities to be registered by 5 May 2010.

Countdown to 5 May 2009

There is now less than a month to go until WHO launches the revised hand hygiene toolkit and the revised WHO Guidelines for Hand Hygiene in Health Care. Several countries with existing hand hygiene campaigns will link to WHO in Geneva on 4 and 5 May to explain how they have set up their programmes. Where possible, these discussions will be videoed and available for download on the website. Presentations for the speakers at the two day technical meeting will also be available for download after 5 May.

Access to print materials

The WHO Regions where access to internet facilities is difficult will be able to request printed copies of all the materials launched on 5 May and the presentations at the technical meeting in Geneva. A process for managing this is currently being developed and we will advise details in the next update.

Thank you for your continued support. SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands is an important step forward to promote the critical importance of best practice in hand hygiene in every health-care facility around the world. We value your continued commitment.

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