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Message from Professor Didier Pittet, supporter of the Semmelweis Foundation, on the occation of May, 5 (hand hygiene day)

Picture of Bernhard Küenburg and Didier Pittet smiling in front of a poster with the Semmelweis Foundation logo on it
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Dear friends, dear colleagues, dear participants to the Semmelweis conference last March in Vienna,

The world Health Organization (WHO) Hand Hygiene day on the 5th of May is approaching.
However, this year is different. 2015 is the 10th anniversary of the WHO Clean Care is Safe Care program and we would like you to help us commemorate this day.
We are simply asking you to participate to the #safeHANDS campaign by taking your photo using WHO #safeHANDS board and posting it on the website (see below) or on the social media Twitter or Instagram to remind the world that hand hygiene saves lives. It is as simple as that.
You can also organize a Hand Sanitizing Relay and even beat a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD.
Here are links providing you all information:

1)      WHO campaign webpage:
2)      Where to post your pictures:
3)      The safeHANDS campaign promotion clip:
4)      The Hand Sanitizing Relay – possible Guinness World Record explanatory clip:

Please find also attached the last newsletter from WHO.
We would really appreciate your participation.
With best wishes,
Bernhard Küenburg
President Semmelweis Foundation
Prof Didier Pittet, MD, MS, CBE,
Director, Infection Control Programme & WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety,
University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland

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