Country group inauguration of the Global Patient Safety Challenge 2005-2006: Clean Care is Safer Care
The Global Patient Safety Challenge of the World Alliance for Patient Safety, with the 2005-2006 theme "Clean Care is Safer Care" was inaugurated by a group of seven countries in a special event that took place in Moscow on July 3rd 2006. Ministers of Health or their representatives from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan signed a statement committing to address health care-associated infection in their country. The group event was hosted by Russia and organised by the Federal Public Health Research Institute in Moscow.
As part of the one-day meeting in Moscow, a technical workshop on infection prevention and control in health care followed the inauguration event. The workshop took place at the Federal Public Health Institute with the participation of around 40 epidemiologists, infection control practitioners and policy makers. The workshop focused on the tools and implementation strategy of the newly developed WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (Advanced Draft), as well as country achievements and plans to address the problem of health care-associated infection.