SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands. A global campaign to improve hygiene among health-care workers, 5 May 2010

This initiative was launched on 5 May 2009 as a global event to monitor progress in addressing the first global patient safety challenge and exchange of best practices in hand hygiene. Health care facilities and countries were encouraged to register and endorse the multimodal hand-hygiene implementation strategy as well as running their own satellite events.

The process continues, with 39 countries of the European Region and 2751 hospitals registered by spring 2010. Additionally, many European countries and regions already run their own hand-hygiene campaigns: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The second round of this initiative was held on 5 May 2010.