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Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-associated Infections Programme

The programme on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections (ARHAI) covers two major public health issues:



The ARHAI programme focuses on 4 areas of public health: surveillance, response and scientific advice, training and communication to address the threat of antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections.

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 WHO gears up for its annual hand hygiene campaign ‘SAVE LIFES: Clean Your Hands’    
‘SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands’ is WHO’s global annual campaign on hand hygiene that takes place each year on 5 May. It is part of a major global effort to support healthcare workers to improve hand hygiene practices in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and thus support the prevention of healthcare-associated infections.
This year’s campaign focuses on highlighting the important role of hand hygiene in fighting and preventing the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).To obtain global data on this topic, WHO invites healthcare facilities to participate in two global surveys, on multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in healthcare and on use of surgical antibiotic prophylaxis. Deadline: 3 May 2014.    




Antimicrobial resistance

Antibiotics have revolutionised the way we treat patients with bacterial infections. But they have also been liable to misuse.

Healthcare-associated infections

Approximately 4 100 000 patients are estimated to acquire a healthcare-associated infection in EU every year.



Occurrence and spread of antimicrobial resistance in Europe.

Antimicrobial consumption interactive database (ESAC-Net)

Antimicrobial consumption, in the community and the hospital sector in Europe.

Point prevalence survey interactive database (HAI-Net PPS)

Healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial use in acute ​​care hospitals.



​ECDC held its second meeting of the Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-associated Infections (ARHAI) Networks on 26-28 November 2012, in Berlin, Germany. See the conference presentations


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