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5 May 2015
Hand Hygiene Day

Hand Hygiene Day: Pass The Baton - Literally

At lunchtime on Tuesday 5 May 2015, students and staff from all UWC’s health care departments (from dietetics to pharmacy and beyond) will all stand in a long line in front of the Student Centre to pass along the hand-rub baton.

It’s all in honour of Global Hand Hygiene Day - a global initiative (driven locally by the South African Department of Health and the South African Antibiotic Stewardship Programme) that reminds healthcare workers and the public that prevention is better than cure, and that simple hygiene can be the difference between life and death.  

Global Hand Hygiene Day is designed to  foster and support a culture of proper handwashing (soap is particularly important) and raise awareness about the public and individual health benefits of handwashing with soap.

Each year, a large number of patients around the world are affected by healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs)...most of which are preventable through good hygiene - and especially through cleaning hands at the right times and in the right way.

Handwashing has a range of benefits, including:

  • helping to minimize the spread of influenza

  • preventing diarrhea

  • avoiding respiratory infections

  • preventing transmission of germs to children

  • and many more - improved handwashing practices have even been shown to lead to small improvements in the growth of young children.

UWC believes in good hygiene, and is putting our voice behind the campaign...which is why you’re all invited to join the Global Handwashing Day Baton Line - provided your hands have been freshly cleaned - and pass the baton on from person to person, all the way up to the end of the line, where Prof Tyrone Pretorius will be waiting to receive it with honour.

Global Handwashing Day Baton Line

Date: Tuesday 5 May 2015

Venue: Line begins outside B-Block (opposite CHS), ends at Life Sciences Building

Time: 13:00 to 13: 20

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact Dr Renier Coetzee on x3665, or via email at

All are welcome! And don’t feel shy about joining in the Clean Hands Selfie campaign either...