World Hand Hygiene Day
World Hand Hygiene Day is held on May 5. This event in the first decade of the month May is annual. Help us
From respiratory infections to foodborne illnesses, many sicknesses could be avoided if everyone practiced proper handwashing techniques. On average, you come into contact with 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, exposing you to 840,000 germs. Only 20% of people wash their hands before preparing food, and 39% before eating food.
The SAVE LIVES (who.int): Clean Your Hands global campaign, launched in 2009 and celebrated annually on 5 May (World Hand Hygiene Day) aims to maintain global promotion, visibility and sustainability of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement around the world.
This year's theme for World Hand Hygiene Day, 5 May 2022, is focused on recognizing that we can add to a facility's climate or culture of safety and quality through cleaning our hands but also that a strong quality and safety culture will encourage people to clean hands at the right times and with the right products. Damp hands are 1,000x more likely to spread bacteria than dry hands. Only about 20% of people dry their hands after washing them.
Similar holidays and events, festivals and interesting facts
World Give Day on May 4 (is one day a year when people all over the world come together to support the causes they care about most. Whether you donate to your favorite non-profit, a person in your community, or give some of your time, World Give Day is a day to focus on giving back);
World Naked Gardening Day on May 4 (celebrated on the first Saturday of May);
World Laughter Day on May 5 (was created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of th worldwide Laughter Yoga movemen);
International Handwashing Day on May 5 (since 2009, when the WHO Patient Safety Program launched a new initiative called Save Lives: Wash Hands);
Orthotist and Prosthetist Day in El Salvador on May 5 (Día del ortesista y protesista);
Mental Health Week in Canada on May 6 (Held in the first full week of May);
National Nursing Week in Canada on May 6 (Held from Monday to Sunday of the same week in which the date May 12 is located);
Sun Awareness Week in Canada on May 6 (Held from the first Monday in May);
National Air Quality Awareness Week in USA on May 6 (Starts on the first Monday in May);