Clean Care is Safer Care

Infection prevention and control

A new approach has been launched to strengthen national and international capacity, improve practices and change behaviour, to achieve safer, high quality patient care. This work is now being led by a new Infection Prevention and Control Global Unit at WHO.

Health care without avoidable infections. The critical role of infection prevention and control

NEW - Guidelines on core components of infection prevention and control programmes at the national and acute health care facility level




NEW - Global guidelines on the prevention of surgical site infection




  • SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands
    As part of a major global effort to improve hand hygiene in health care, the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands annual global campaign was launched in 2009. Every year health facilities and other leaders are asked to show their commitment and take action.
    In 2016 the focus is hand hygiene supports safe surgical care.
  • PROHIBIT - Prevention of Hospital Infections by Intervention & Training
    PROHIBIT is a project funded by the European Commission and based on a consortium of European institutions coordinated by the University of Geneva, Switzerland (Infection Control Programme and WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety). WHO HQ participated in designing the project and is coordinating the dissemination of the PROHIBIT findings.