World Hand Hygiene Day 5 May 2020

4 May, 2020

Dear All,

The World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May highlights the role of hand hygiene in context of COVID-19. Hand hygiene is one of the most effective actions to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including the COVID-19 virus, as mentioned by the WHO.

The MEDBOX team has therefore compiled a small collection of important resources on this topic available in the MEDBOX and COVID-19 Toolbox

The main route of transmission of the Sars-CoV-2 virus are small respiratory droplets. Therefore, thoroughly cleaning of hands with either alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water is one of the corner stones of basic protective measures against COVID-19 for everyone. A particular focus of this Issue Brief are documents for the health care sector, but also multilingual material for the public. More information on Hand Hygiene can be found in the 'Hand hygiene' category ( in the COVID-19 Toolbox or under the main section Key Resources WASH Hand Hygiene of MEDBOX.

It should be noted that hand hygiene is only one of several measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

MEDBOX created the COVID-19 Toolbox (, a collection of up-to-date resources of high quality on COVID-19. It collates guidelines, IEC material including videos and online courses, action plans and much more on one website. It also includes a link to other useful resource platforms with trustful information.

Kind regards

Sieglinde Mauder

MEDBOX Project Manager


Medical Mission Institute, Wuerzburg/Germany

HIFA profile: Sieglinde Mauder is Librarian at the Medical Mission Institute, Würzburg, Germany. She collects and distributes resources on HIV/AIDS, tropical diseases, humanitarian aid, health service management, e-learning for partners in developing countries. sieglinde.mauder AT