Clean Care is Safer Care

WHO CleanHandsNet - a network of campaigning countries

What is WHO CleanHandsNet?

Embedding hand hygiene promotional activities as a national priority is key for sustainability. Efforts have therefore been made to support countries or areas with large scale activities to promote hand hygiene in health care.

WHO Patient Safety supports an informal network of coordinators/leaders of such activities with the aim of sharing experiences and learning from each other. At this moment there are 48 participants in the network with coordinated activities to promote hand hygiene in health care either as specific activities or as part of infection prevention and control activities or patient safety initiatives.

If you are running a hand hygiene campaign or programme with a country or large area coverage and would like to be part of WHO CleanHandsNet, please click on the relevant link below.

Background to WHO CleanHandsNet

WHO CleanHandsNet started as an informal network of national, subnational and regional hand hygiene campaigns which first came together in 2007.

How to be a part of WHO CleanHandsNet

WHO CleanHandsNet is a campaign-led informal network. To read more about participation, please click on the links below.

General resources

As WHO CleanHandsNet continues to grow, additional resources will be added here.

News from WHO CleanHandsNet

Click on the links below to read more about the WHO CleanHandsNet meetings and to download our twice yearly newsletter.

Key Measures for Prevention and Control of Ebola Virus Disease

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands promotional video

Key documents

WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (revised Aug 2009)

Guide to implementation of the WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy (revised Aug 2009)

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