Didier Pittet, MD, MS, CBE
Director, Infection Control Programme & WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety
The University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine
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The World Health Organization (WHO) Clean Care is Safer Care global program was based around a change model. It fostered partnerships and coordinated activities as set out in its plan. By 2018, 142 of the 194 United Nations’ member states had pledged their support to implement actions to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAI), corresponding to more than 95% coverage of the world population. Among the many reasons for success are: system change making behavioral change possible; an evidence-, as well as experience-based multimodal promotion strategy; the use of a structured ”top-to-bottom” as well as ”bottom-up” implementation strategy; and the development of multiple tools for implementation. Importantly, the promotion campaign is also linked to positive outcomes, and success and excellence are rewarded. The promotion process also involves patients & relatives. In addition, we used and promoted simplification, adaptation, co-creation, creativity, community experience, silo busting, and social media, and applied sharing economy principles. Illustrative examples from the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands experience will be given.