Each year antimicrobial resistance causes 700,000 deaths. Improving hand hygiene in health settings reduces infections and lowers the risk of acquiring common drug-resistant diseases.


On October 15, 2017, we celebrated the Global Handwashing Day. A global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with. Every year, Global Handwashing Day is celebrated with events, campaigns, and handwashing programs around the world.

Handwashing with soap could prevent many of the 272 million yearly schooldays lost to diarrheal disease, and 50% of the infections acquired in healthcare settings. In addition to that, it is the most affordable and effective way to prevent diseases and infections.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also advocates hand hygiene — save lives, clean your hands. 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-centered 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

  • before touching a patient,
  • before clean/aseptic procedures,
  • after body fluid exposure/risk,
  • after touching a patient, and
  • after touching patient surroundings.

As part of the Global Handwashing Day celebration, the medical ward staff of Ospital ng Muntinlupa (OSMUN) created a music video to advocate handwashing through the trending music video “Baby Shark”.

Resources:

WHO – http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/en/
Global Handwashing – https://globalhandwashing.org/global-handwashing-day/