This year's campaign has been a success, with increased registrations for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands, new countries joining and new Member States pledging to combat health care-associated infection and launching national hand hygiene campaigns.
Celebrations aimed to be as inclusive of everyone as possible! This time round the day (5 May) fell on a Sunday, a rest day for most, but not for all. Activities have always been promoted as 'on or around 5 May' to ensure all health-care workers have the opportunity to take part in important hand hygiene awareness-raising activities. Therefore, WHO encouraged those working on Saturday and Sunday, to celebrate hand hygiene promotion and improvement on 4 and 5 May 2013. Celebrations in other parts of the world where these are not regular working days are taking place on 6 and 7 May 2013.
The My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene approach defines the key moments when health-care workers should perform hand hygiene.
This evidence-based, field-tested, user-centred approach is designed to be easy to learn, logical and applicable in a wide range of settings.
This approach recommends health-care workers to clean their hands
The Brussels based United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe - UNRIC provides information on UN activities to the countries of the region. It also provides liaison with institutions of the European Union in the field of information. Its outreach activities extend to all segments of society and joint campaigns, projects and events are organized with partners including the EU, governments, the media, NGOs, schools and local authorities.
United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC Brussels)
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