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World Health Organization – WHO

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

The World Health Organization –(WHO) is the UN Agency in charge of health. The World Alliance for Patient Safety is WHO’s patient safety program and has existed since 2002. The WHO team will provide technical assistance in measurement and intervention design and implementation in WPs 3, 4 and 5. In 2005, the Alliance launched "Clean Care is Safer Care", a programme aimed to galvanize commitment and action to reduce HAI worldwide through the promotion of hand hygiene. Led by Didier Pittet at UniGE, the programme has achieved much success; 114 countries representing over 80% of the world have signed national pledges to tackle HAI in their health systems. The programme has developed comprehensive evidence-based hand hygiene guidelines and their translation into practice through a multimodal implementation strategy and toolkit. The strategy and accompanying toolkit are being field-tested in 7 pilot sites and over 300 complementary test sites. Technical materials are available in multiple formats. 

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