WHO Clean Hands Saves Lives Campaign – May 5th 2019

Every 5 May, WHO calls for a renewed focus on hand hygiene improvement and sustainability in health care. Health care settings are asked to sign up to the WHO 5 May SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Campaign if not already and to respond to the call to action.

For May 5th 2019 WHO calls 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. Infection Prevention and Control, including hand hygiene, is critical to achieve UHC as it is a practical and evidence-based approach with demonstrated impact on quality of care and patient safety across all levels of the health system.

5th May 2019 calls to action:

  • Health workers  “Champion clean care – it’s in your hands”
  • IPC 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?”
  • Ministry of Health (MoH) “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”

Find out more about WHO’s campaign on hand hygiene and IPC here

If your healthcare facility is not already registered with WHO SAVE LIVES – Clean Your Hands you can register here

A word from the ICAN Chair

Dear ICAN members and fellow Africans,

 Every 5 May, WHO calls for a renewed focus on hand hygiene improvement and sustainability in health care. Health care settings are asked to sign up to the WHO 5 May SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Campaign if not already and to respond to the call to action.

Hand hygiene is THE most important measure to avoid the transmission of harmful germs and prevent health care-associated infections.

THEME FOR 2019 – “Universal Health Coverage for All””

ICAN supports the WHO 5 May campaign and urges you to focus on the fight against antibiotic resistance in the context of hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes. The more the healthcare facilities that register the darker orange the country on the WHO map becomes.  Go the WHO website and register your healthcare facility so lets

TURN AFRICA ORANGE!

More information on ICAN’s support to Turn Africa Orange can be found here

All available WHO campaign resources can be found here

 

Prof F T Ogunsola

Chairperson, Infection Control Africa Network