Clean Care is Safer Care

Update No 25

6 December 2010

Dear colleagues,

In this edition:

  • Heading towards 5 May 2011….
  • Registering for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands
  • Available resources to support your SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands 5 May 2011 efforts
  • WHO Infection Control webinar series - next session
  • Announcing the WHO teleclass series for 2011
  • An end of year and New Year message

Heading towards 5 May 2011….

The focus for 5 May 2011 has been highlighted as 'tracking your progress, planning your actions and aiming for hand hygiene sustainability'; using the "WHO: Introducing the Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Tool" can help you do this and has many benefits.

Le Cadre d’Auto-évaluation de l’Hygiène des Mains de l’OMS sera bientôt disponible en français également.

WHO led coordinated activities, including those evaluating the use of the WHO Framework will be announced in the new year, in conjunction with the WHO Collaborating Centre at the University Hospitals Geneva under the leadership of Professor Didier Pittet.

Registering for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

If you have already registered for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands there is no need to register again each year.

We count on you to keep the momentum of this annual global campaign going by encouraging others to register.

Information on up-to-date registration numbers is available on the link below. WHO has highlighted some areas where we hope registrations numbers will be increased in 2011:

  • African nations, including in north Africa;
  • Central America and the Carribean;
  • parts of Europe, including in Greece where excitingly the Ministry of Health pledge to address health care-associated infection was just signed in 2010, and the Netherlands;
  • the WHO Western Pacific Region, who achieved a lot of success in 2010 however could progress in a number of countries such as Japan.

Available resources to support your SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands 5 May 2011 efforts

Postcard fliers that can be used at your events can be requested by emailing savelives@who.int

Specific 5 May 2011 downloadable A4 fliers are being prepared and will be available soon in English, French and Spanish on our advocacy tools pages.

WHO Infection Control webinar series - next session

14 December 2010, 3 pm (CET*)
Infection control in developing countries
N. Damani, Ireland

Announcing the WHO teleclass series on infection control for 2011

WHO are pleased to announce eight teleclasses for 2011 (follow link below for the Schedule) including special presentations on and around 5 May 2011. Next year these excellent and free education sessions will look in depth at some more specific hot infection control topics and will be supported by Webber Training.

An end of year and New Year message

As we go into our 3rd year of SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaigning WHO can't thank you enough for all your dedication and enthusiasm. We are excited about another 5 May and hope you are too. It is critical to keep the momentum going both at global and local level; a lot has been achieved yet a lot more can be done to ensure good hand hygiene practices are sustained at the point of patient care.

What else can you do? Think about having a web page dedicated to featuring local 5 May 2011 activities from your area. In 2011, WHO will not be featuring information on local activities but will be able to provide links to other sites that do.

Happy holiday season to those of you who will be celebrating.

Please cascade the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletter to at least 5 other health-care professionals in the next month to support the change that you want to see in health-care facilities around the world.

Claire Kilpatrick
Programme Manager, WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care


Previous SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletters can be used to help you develop your own messages to encourage others to take action. Please cascade this and other SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands messages to as many as you can to help this global movement, the time is now more critical than ever.

Send any enquiries to savelives@who.int


Providing WHO information has to be balanced with available resources, both human and financial. The WHO Patient Safety Programme, including the Clean Care is Safer Care team, do their best to translate their most relevant tools and documents. Regretfully, we are not currently in a position to translate this SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletter into French or Spanish or any other language. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and hope that you will remain a valued reader of the newsletter.

La délivrance d'informations provenant de l'OMS dépend des ressources disponibles, à la fois humaines et financières. Le Programme OMS pour la Sécurité des Patients, comprenant l'équipe "Un Soin Propre est un Soin plus sûr", fait de son mieux pour traduire ses outils et documents les plus importants. Malheureusement, nous ne sommes pas actuellement en mesure de traduire la lettre d'information mensuelle de SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands en français, en espagnol ou en tout autre langue. Nous nous excusons pour ce désagrément et espérons que vous resterez un fidèle lecteur de la lettre d'information à l'avenir.

La información generada por la OMS, depende de los recursos humanos y económicos disponibles. El Programa por la Seguridad del Paciente, y el equipo de la iniciativa "Cuidado Limpio es Cuidado Seguro", realizan sus mejores esfuerzos para traducir el material y documentos de mayor importancia. Desafortunadamente, por el momento no contamos con la facilidad de traducir el boletin mensual SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands en francés, español, o cualquier otro idioma. Le pedimos disculpas por cualquier inconveniente que podamos causarle, y esperamos seguir contando con su valiosa participación como lector de nuestro boletin.

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