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.
Fight antibiotic resistance - it's in your hands
WHO urges you to focus on the fight against antibiotic resistance in the context of hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes. Hand hygiene is at the core of effective IPC to combat antibiotic resistance, and campaigning each year on or around 5 May is one important part of improving behaviour towards IPC best practices. This year the campaign materials are co-branded with ‘Antibiotics, handle with care’ to demonstrate unity between antimicrobial resistance and IPC efforts.
IPC leaders need to champion hand hygiene campaigning and progress their journey of integrating WHO’s “core components” for infection prevention and control in every health facility. Everyone can play their part and here’s how:
- health workers - clean your hands at the right times
- chief executive officers and managers of health facilities - support hand hygiene campaigning and IPC programmes, to protect patients from antibiotic resistant infections
- policy makers - stop antibiotic resistance spread by demonstrating national support for and commitment to infection prevention.
Find out more about WHO’s campaign on hand hygiene and IPC http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/2017/en/
Now is the time to show your support and post your photographs on social media using the WHO photograph board and using