Clean Hands Challenge - It's in Your Hands - Prevent Sepsis in Health Care


Every year on May 5th, the World Health Organization and its commited partners all around the world celebrate World Hand Hygenie Day as a call to action for health workers, but also to stimulate the general public for why hand hygenie is so crucially important.

This year, the slogan is "It's in your hands - prevent sepsis in health care".

To honor this special occasion,  we are excited to launch the Clean Hands Challenge:

This is a challenge to all health institutions of the world; hospitals, medical schools, nursing or any health area, government offices, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and many more. All are invited to participate in order to promote awareness about hand hygiene and sepsis. These are the steps:

  1. Register your institution (name of the institution, city, country, responsible person and email of the responsible person) using the form above.
  2. Establish a stand at the entrance to your facility.
  3. Integrate a team of people (doctor, nurse, resident, fellow...) to train all people who come to your facility on the importance of hand hygiene and explain what sepsis is and how to prevent it (hygiene of hands, vaccination, and proper use of antimicrobials, etc.).
  4. After a person has received the information, ask them to be registered in a list along with their email (explain that the emails will be used to send information about World Sepsis Day and promote awareness about sepsis, but only if the check the field on the right).
  5. Take a lot of pictures and upload them to social networks with the hashtag #HandHygiene, #Sepsis #(YourCountry) @WorldSepsisDay
  6. Send us the record of all the people who were trained during these days, per email to, with the topic "Clean Hands Hygenie).

All participating institutions that demonstrate their activities will receive a certificate and the institutions with the most activity will be named winners of this challenge.

What are you waiting for? It’s in your hands prevent sepsis in health care!

Marvin Zick