Hand Hygiene Day celebrates nurses, midwives and promotes handwashing in care

May 5, 2020

Celebrated every year on May 5, today’s Hand Hygiene Day mobilizes people around the world to increase adherence to hand hygiene in healthcare facilities, thus protecting healthcare workers and patients from infections.

This year, the campaign theme “SAVE LIVES: Clean your hands”, is aligned with the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, and aims to recognize nurses and midwives as frontline heroes who deserve acknowledgement and appreciation, and highlight their critical roles in infection prevention.

The main goal of the Global Hand Hygiene Day campaign is to recognize that handwashing is one of the most effective actions you can take to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including the COVID-19 virus. Health workers and community members alike can play a role in preventing infections by practicing regular and frequent handwashing.

As part of the 2020 campaign, WHO and partners aim to:

            •          Make hand hygiene a global priority

            •          Inspire hand hygiene and behavior change

            •          Engage with healthcare workers in their role in clean care and the prevention of infections.

The campaign also makes a call to action to policy-makers to provide safe work environments for nurses and improve staffing levels. Additionally, it calls on infection prevention and control leaders to empower nurses and midwives in providing clean care. The campaign also contributes to the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Call to Action on WASH in health care facilities.

Join in celebrating nurses and midwives around the world today, by:

            •          Sharing campaign promoting campaign materials available on the campaign website

            •          Taking part in WHO’s #SafeHands Challenge

            •          Clapping for nurses and midwives at noon to thank and recognize their critical role in delivering clean care. Take a video or picture and share on your social media channels with #HandHygiene, #SupportNursesandMidwives.

WHO has the announcement.