Highlight SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands, 5th May
The focus of this year's campaign is on preventing sepsis in health care. Use the hashtags #handhygiene and #sepsis to spread the word!
As part of a major global effort to improve hand hygiene in health care, led by WHO to support health-care workers, 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.
The campaign aims to galvanise action at the point of care to demonstrate that hand hygiene is the entrance door for reducing health care-associated infection and patient safety. It also aims to demonstrate the world's commitment to this priority area of health care.
WHO's role includes encouraging engagement and action to maintain this global movement. Numbers are a great awareness-raising mechanism, as demonstrated by the growing number of health-care facilities registered for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands but they are not the end point. Sustaining the efforts to improve patient safety requires dedicated action and innovation both of which are now more crucial than ever. WHO have appreciated receiving communications about country and health-care facility activities. Action must continue; use the WHO tools to support your actions.
Sign up to the 5th May campaign at: http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/register/en/. Thousands of health care facilities around the world have already signed up.
The challenges of monitoring WASH in health care facilities: a WASH Watch blog by Dr Maggie Montgomery and Betsy Engebretson (WHO Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Unit).
This blog is part of a four-part blog series on monitoring the Global Goal on water and sanitation & the challenge of data aggregation. Click here to read it.