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World Hand Hygiene Day

5 May 2023

Hand hygiene saves millions of lives every year when performed at the right moments during health care delivery.

Clean care is a sign of respect to those who seek care, and it protects health and other workers who provide that care.   

Now is a critical time when countries across the world need to accelerate implementation of lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and increase investments to close gaps in infection prevention and control (IPC), including hand hygiene. 

Together, we can galvanize action on preventing infections and antimicrobial resistance in health care. 

 Accelerate action together. SAVE LIVES – Clean Your Hands

Each year the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.

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.

>>> About the SAVE LIVES – Clean Your Hands campaign

>>> Download the campaign guide for World Hand Hygiene Day

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