Hand Hygiene New Zealand journey

4 May 2015 | Infection Prevention & Control

As the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Hand Hygiene Day approaches on 5 May 2015, Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ) have developed a graphic to showcase the achievements of the national programme. 

Hand hygiene performance by health care workers in New Zealand’s public hospitals has improved significantly since the HHNZ programme launched in 2008. Awareness about the importance of hand hygiene is higher, and attitudes and culture around health care workers’ hand hygiene practice is markedly improved. Most importantly, efforts to ensure patients receive excellent hand hygiene practice is becoming embedded as the ‘norm’, supporting safer patient care.

A number of other tools and resources to support World Hand Hygiene Day are available on the HHNZ website.

The World Hand Hygiene Day theme is 'Strengthening health care systems and delivery – hand hygiene is your entrance door'. This year, WHO is calling for health care facilities to show their colleagues, their country and the world, that hand hygiene is a strong indicator of quality care, and to celebrate all that has happened around the world over the last 10 years.

For more information about hand hygiene or how you can support the WHO’s global call to action, visit the WHO website.

Last updated 05/05/2015