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WHO to launch the Global Patient Safety Challenge: Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care to be Published

To fight the spread of health care-associated infections, which affect millions of patients worldwide each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are launching the Global Patient Safety Challenge with the theme "Clean Care is Safer Care".

The Global Patient Safety Challenge, a core programme of the World Alliance for Patient Safety, brings together the WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care — which will be made available at the launch — with ongoing work on blood safety, injection and immunization safety, safer clinical practices, and safe water, sanitation and waste management.

WHAT: Launch of the Global Patient Safety Challenge. The WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (Advanced Draft) will be made available. A press conference will be held during the launch.

WHO: Sir Liam Donaldson, Chair of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety and Chief Medical Officer of England, and Chief Medical Adviser of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Dr Timothy Evans, Assistant Director-General for Evidence and Information for Policy, WHO

Professor J. Herre Kingma, Inspector-General, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands

Professor Didier Pittet, Leader of the Global Patient Safety Challenge, Director of the Infection Control Programme, Geneva's University Hospital

WHEN: Launch: 8:45-12:00 CET, Thursday 13 October 2005
Press conference: 10:20 CET, Thursday 13 October 2005

WHERE: Morning session: WHO headquarters, Geneva, Executive Board Room. Launch will link to several sites in the world via video
Press conference: WHO headquarters, Geneva, India Room
Afternoon session: Geneva's University Hospitals

VIDEO CONFERENCING SITES: Morning Session: Brisbane, Australia ; Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ; New Delhi, India; South Africa ; Hong Kong, China ; Rome, Italy ; Edinburgh, Scotland, UK ; London, England, UK

Afternoon session: International Federation of Infection Control, Istanbul, Turkey ; Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America ; Ottawa, Canada

A Press Release under embargo will be available as of Thursday 13 October 2005 at the launch event.

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Laura Pearson
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Maya Samara
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