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WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey

Dear colleague,

As announced by Professor Pittet on 5 May 2015, the 2nd WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey is launched on 1st June 2015. You can find the results of the first survey undertaken in 2011 at http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/hhsa_framework/en/.

The Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework (http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/hhsa_framework/en/ provides a situation analysis of hand hygiene resources, promotion and practices within health-care facilities. After completing the Framework, you can use and adapt the WHO Template Action Plans (http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/EN_PSP_GPSC1_5May_2012/en/) to implement your plans for local improvement based upon the Framework results.

Perhaps you have already completed the Framework at your health-care facility; if not, now is time to do it and to submit the data online to WHO. This will help to demonstrate progress with hand hygiene improvement across the globe and ensure action in support of patient and health worker safety stays high on everyone’s agenda.

The 2nd WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Global Survey online data submission service will be open from 1 June 2015 until 10 September 2015. From the email address info@whohandhygienesurvey.org you will receive an invitation to use the Framework and to submit your health-care facility’s answers online as part of this WHO global survey. In this email, you will be given further instructions and a personal link for the Framework data submission. WHO will keep all results related to your facility confidential.

The first results will be disseminated on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the WHO Clean Care is Safer Care programme on 13th October 2015. The 2015 survey findings will be compared with those obtained by WHO in 2011 and allows for invaluable monitoring of progress and evolution of the global situation of hand hygiene in health care.

I encourage you to submit your facility's results online soon. If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us on this email address info@whohandhygienesurvey.org.

Thank you for taking part in this survey. I wish you all the very best in your efforts to promote hand hygiene and improve patient safety.

Kind regards,
Professor Benedetta Allegranzi
Lead, WHO Clean Care is Safer Care
WHO Headquarters
Geneva, Switzerland