SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands
The WHO urges you to focus on the fight against antibiotic resistance in the context of hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes. Please support the "SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands"-Campaign on May 5th, 2017.
Hand hygiene and infection prevention and control more generally are key weapons in the fight against antibiotic resistance and sepsis 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 all co-branded with ‘Antibiotics, handle with care’ to demonstrate unity between antimicrobial resistance and IPC efforts.
Who needs to take action:
- we want health workers to clean their hands at the right times, building on hand hygiene improvement efforts made up to now;
- we want chief executive officers and managers to support hand hygiene campaigning and infection prevention and control programmes, to protect patients from antibiotic-resistant infections;
- we want IPC leaders to lead hand hygiene campaigning and start their journey of meeting the core components for infection prevention and control;
- we want policy makers to stop antibiotic resistance spread by demonstrating national support and commitment to infection prevention.
Resources and more information for May 5th can be found here.