Clean Care is Safer Care

Clean Care is Safer Care

First Global Patient Safety Challenge

The goal of Clean Care is Safer Care is to ensure that infection control is acknowledged universally as a solid and essential basis towards patient safety and supports the reduction of health care-associated infections and their consequences.

As a global campaign to improve hand hygiene among health-care workers, SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands is a major component of Clean Care is Safer Care. It advocates the need to improve and sustain hand hygiene practices of health-care workers at the right times and in the right way to help reduce the spread of potentially life-threatening infections in health-care facilities.

Hand washing
  • 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 and is a natural extension of the WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care work
  • Message from Professor Didier Pittet
    "Since the First Challenge began in 2005, 133 Member States and autonomous areas have pledged their support. As of May 2014, over 17 000 health-care facilities have committed to improve hand hygiene…"
  • 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.

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands promotional video

Key documents

WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (revised Aug 2009)

Guide to implementation of the WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy (revised Aug 2009)

Contact us

For more information about Clean Care is Safer Care, please contact the team at savelives@who.int.