Clean Care is Safer Care

no 36

13 December 2011

Dear Colleagues,

In this edition:

  • WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey - deadline approaching fast
  • Getting ready for 5 May 2012!
  • WHO free teleclasses - 2011 & 2012
  • Some highlights of the year

WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey

This is your last chance to be part of our global survey which will close on 31 December 2011! If you have not yet completed the Framework and submitted your results to WHO please click the following web link or send an email to

  • How to participate in the survey
    WHO will undertake analysis to present results in 2012 from the total number of completed Frameworks by WHO Region. Look for updates on this as we approach 5 May 2012.

Getting ready for 5 May 2012!

Since announcing our call to action for 5 May 2012, ‘What's YOUR plan?’ we have been working on our plans including key messages and information that will be issued in the months leading up to 5 May 2012 to support your actions. More information, including a proposal to help you develop your action plan based on completed Framework results will be announced in January.

In the meantime, set yourself a goal of getting one new health-care facility to register for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands by the new year!

So far we have 14 444 registered health-care facilities, from 150 countries!!

WHO free teleclasses - 2011 & 2012

Teleclass recordings from 2011 can still be accessed and a new very rich schedule for 2012 is available, courtesy of Webber Training. Next year the teleclasses will be held monthly and will focus on emerging key topics in infection control, including the perspective of settings with limited resources. Take advantage of this excellent virtual training opportunity to keep up to date alongside colleagues from around the globe!

Some highlights of the year

This year we have seen a number of key infection prevention and control events that have raised the profile of our important work even more. This included the inaugural International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control event in Geneva event in Geneva, the annual International Federation for Infection Control in Venice, and many others that attracted a large international audience. We enjoy meeting those of you who have made it to these events and it is always encouraging to see so much work presented on hand hygiene! We hope next year will see even more presentations and publications including on use of the Framework.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support to WHO for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands.

Claire Kilpatrick, On behalf of WHO Patient Safety: Clean Care is Safer Care.

Previous SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletters can be found in the archives.


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