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World Health Organization’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands – May 5, 2018

Each year on May 5th, the World Health Organization’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare and to bring people together in support of hand hygiene improvement globally. The 2018 campaign, "It's in your hands - prevent sepsis in health care", focuses on the fight against sepsis in the context of hand hygiene and infection prevention programs.

We invite you to join the thousands of hospitals around the world that are using WHO tools and expertise to increase hand hygiene compliance.

1. Plan

  • Commit to WHO’s campaign theme and issue your own information in the month leading up to the campaign
  • Visit WHO 5 May 2018 website regularly for ongoing updates and new downloads. Website materials include a short advocacy slide set, a monthly newsletter, an engagement/activity tool for infection preventionists and new advocacy and instructional videos

2. Act

3. Communicate

  • Follow the World Health Organization on Twitter (@WHO), Facebook, Instagram, and share social media posts relating to 5 May activities with your followers and friends.
  • Share photos on social media using the #handhygiene and #antibiotic resistance – remember to join the conversation on 5 May
  • Download the NEW poster pdfs from this WHO page and choose from the selection of GOJO educational items below to raise awareness
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Clean Hands Count!

Continue to Share the Message

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with support from GOJO and the CDC Foundation Launched the Clean Hands Count Campaign on May 5, 2016 – World Hand Hygiene Day.

The Clean Hands Count Campaign is a national educational campaign to improve hand hygiene in healthcare settings to reduce the number of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). According to the CDC, on any given day, one in 25 hospital patients has at least one HAI.

Infections that patients get in the hospital can be life-threatening and hard to treat, but improving hand hygiene is one of the most important measures and key strategies healthcare workers can take  to prevent transmission of infections.

The campaign features a variety of communications for healthcare workers, patients and family members including infographics, posters, factsheets and brochures.


Join the CDC in promoting hand hygiene with the Clean Hands Count Campaign using the hashtag #CleanHandsCount on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. 

To learn more about the Clean Hands Count Campaign, visit www.cdc.gov/handhygiene