WHO Campaign – Save Life, Clean Your Hands

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. You can do this by supporting the 5 May 2017 calls to action. 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 all co-branded with ‘Antibiotics, handle with care’ to demonstrate unity between antimicrobial resistance and IPC efforts.

WHO wants action to be taken by :

  • WHO wants health workers to clean their hands at the right times, building on hand hygiene improvement efforts made up to now;
  • WHO wants Chief executive officers and managers to support hand hygiene campaigning and infection prevention and control programmes, to protect patients from antibiotic-resistant infections;
  • WHO wants IPC leaders to lead hand hygiene campaigning and start their journey of meeting the core components for infection prevention and control;
  • WHO wants policy makers to stop antibiotic resistance spread by demonstrating national support and commitment to infection prevention.

Join the campaign : http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/en/

Read the initials article here : http://www.who.int/infection-prevention/campaigns/clean-hands/2017/en/