WHO ‘Save Lives: Clean Your Hands’ Global Hand Hygiene Day, 5 May 2019

30 April 2019

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on everyone to be inspired by the global movement to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), i.e. achieving better health and well-being for all people at all ages including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

The theme for Global Hand Hygiene Day this year is ‘Clean care for all – it’s in your hands’, promoting hand hygiene being practiced in all care settings, including care homes and primary care, as well as hospitals. Calls to actions have been provided to encourage all levels of staff to take part and these are: 

  • Health workers: ‘champion clean care – it’s in your hands.’
  • Infection prevention and control leaders: ‘monitor infection prevention and control standards – take action and improve practices.’
  • Health facility leaders: ‘is your facility up to WHO infection control and hand hygiene standards? Take part in the WHO survey 2019 and take action!’
  • Ministries of health: ‘does your country meet infection prevention and control standards? Monitor and act to achieve quality universal health coverage.’
  • Patient advocacy groups: ‘ask for clean care – it’s your right.’

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) supports the WHO Global Hand Hygiene Day each year and has undertaken several activities to promote the 2019 day including: 

  • Providing an HPS hand hygiene day webpage with campaign details and resources showing correct hand hygiene technique. 
  • Promoting the day to NHS boards and stakeholders in the HPS HAI Digest. 
  • Issuing tweets on the run up to the day and using #handhygiene, #healthforall and #infectionprevention hashtags.
  • Launching the four moments for hand hygiene poster for residential homes in the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual website
  • Co-ordinating the WHO Global survey on infection prevention and control for Scotland. Boards are encouraged to take part by registering. The closing date for the survey is 16 July 2019. 
  • Creating a solidarity chain to show support for the day.

More information on Global Hand Hygiene Day can be accessed on the WHO website.

Source: WHO, April 2019