WHO Clean Hands Saves Lives Campaign – May 5th 2018

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.

WHO calls on health facilities to prevent health care-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) action. Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide. At the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017, Member States adopted a resolution on improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis. Health care-associated infections, infections acquired during health care delivery, are common and are a risk factor for developing sepsis but we can prevent this. Effective hand hygiene plays a key role. On world hand hygiene day (5 May 2018), the focus for everyone should be on prevention of sepsis in health care.

5th May 2018 calls to action:

• Health workers: “Take 5 Moments to clean your hands to prevent sepsis in health care.”
• IPC leaders: “Be a champion in promoting hand hygiene to prevent sepsis in health care.”
• Health facility leaders: “Prevent sepsis in health care, make hand hygiene a quality indicator in your hospital.”
• Ministries of health: “Implement the 2017 WHA sepsis resolution. Make hand hygiene a national marker of health care quality.”
• Patient advocacy groups: “Ask for 5 Moments of clean hands to prevent sepsis in health care.”

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,

WHO calls on health facilities to prevent health care-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) action. Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide. At the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017, Member States adopted a resolution on improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis

Health care-associated infections, infections acquired during health care delivery, are common and are a risk factor for developing sepsis but we can prevent this. Effective hand hygiene plays a key role. On world hand hygiene day (5 May), the focus for everyone should be on prevention of sepsis in health care.

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

THEME FOR 2018 – PREVENT SEPSIS IN HEALTHCARE – IT IS IN YOUR HANDS.

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 Shaheen Mehtar

Chairperson, Infection Control Africa Network