International Calls for Action
IPS recognises the following international events and calls for action
Every 5 May, WHO calls for a renewed focus on hand hygiene improvement and sustainability in health care: a fundamental aspect of prevention healthcare associated infections. Healthcare settings are asked to sign up to every 5 May SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Campaign if not already and to respond to the call to action by WHO, which also provides resources and tools to support this across the world
'Every three heartbeats, someone dies of sepsis. In the developing world, sepsis accounts for 60-80% of childhood deaths. Those who survive, both adults and children, often struggle with life. It’s our goal to reduce the incidence of sepsis by 20% by 2020.' The UK Sepsis Trust stimulates action in this country on this day and throughout the year. The day for 2014 - 13 September.
World MRSA Day was initiated, created and announced in January 2009 by Jeanine Thomas, President and Founder of MRSA Survivors Network who is the official organizer for World MRSA Day. With the creation of World MRSA Day, the hope is to raise the awareness of MRSA around the globe and to activate survivors, communities, governments, healthcare officials and personnel to join together to stop the spread of this preventable disease. The day for 2014 - 2 October.
The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap (PPPHW) is a coalition of international stakeholders whose focus is handwashing and child health. Established in 2001, the partnership aims to give families, schools, and communities in developing countries the power to prevent diarrhoea and respiratory infections by supporting the universal promotion and practice of proper handwashing with soap at critical times. The day for 2014 - 15 October.
International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) provides a focal point for infection preventionists, healthcare professionals, consumers, organizations, and industry partners to shine a light on infection prevention and its power to save lives and is currently directed at international level by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). This week is always the third full week in October. The week for 2014 - 19-25 October.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) was established in 2005. It is an EU agency aimed at strengthening Europe's defences against infectious diseases and is responsible for organising European Antibiotic Awareness Day. The day for 2014 - 18 November.