Patient safety

Launch of the Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care

13 October 2005

Speakers and participants at the EB room

To fight the spread of health care-associated infections which take a high toll in human lives and affect hundreds of millions of patients worldwide each year, WHO and its partners launched the Global Patient Safety Challenge with the theme "Clean Care is Safer Care" on Thursday, 13 October 2005. As part of the launch, the WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (Advanced Draft) were made available. The morning session of the launch took place at WHO Headquarters in Geneva and the afternoon session at Geneva's University Hospitals.

Sir Liam Donaldson, Chair of the World Alliance for Patient Safety and Mr Denis Aitken, WHO Assistant Director-General launched the Global Patient Safety Challenge followed by keynote speeches by Professor J. Herre Kingma, Inspector-General, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands; Dr Ethelyn P. Nieto, Undersecretary of Health, Department of Health, Philippines; Mrs A. C. Mohamed, Ambassador Permanent Representative in Geneva on behalf of Mrs Charity Ngilu, Minister of Health, Kenya; Professor Thomas Zeltner, Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland; Dr Timothy Evans, Assistant Director-General, Evidence and Information for Policy Cluster, WHO; and Professor Didier Pittet, Director of the Infection Control Programme, Geneva's University Hospitals.

The WHO-hosted launch staged a parade by children from the International School of Geneva who presented on banners the problems of health care-associated infection and the WHO responses to tackle these infections.

During the event, the central site at WHO Headquarters in Geneva connected via video-link to several sites in the African, South-East Asian, European, Eastern Mediterranean and Western Pacific Regions of WHO. During the afternoon session at Geneva's University Hospitals, the event connected via video-links to sites in North America, including sites of major associations of health-care professionals.

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 (Advanced Draft) with ongoing actions on blood safety, injection and immunization safety, safer clinical practices, and safe water, sanitation and waste management. Simple actions contained in these low-cost strategies have also proven to be very effectives in reducing the burden of health care-associated infection.

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