This annual global campaign on 5 May supports the World Health Organization’s (WHO) effort to improve hand hygiene in health care and thus prevent often life threatening healthcare-associated infections (HAI).
It was launched in 2009 as a follow-up to WHO’s First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care work.
As of April 2012, 127 Ministers of Health have committed to reduce HAI and to support the work of WHO, while over 40 countries and areas have started hand hygiene campaigns.
The 2013 campaign focuses on two issues:
- hand hygiene monitoring and feedback based on the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework (HHSAF)
- patient participation