Professor Didier Pittet Receives the 2017 Robert Koch Award

Professor Didier Pittet receives the 2017 Robert Koch Award

Saving lives by cleaning hands

The Swiss medical expert Didier Pittet receives the 2017 Robert Koch Award for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention

25 years ago, the award-winner laid the foundation for one of the most successful WHO patient protection campaigns.

For his ground-breaking achievements in the promotion of better hand hygiene to prevent nosocomial infections, Professor Didier Pittet will be awarded the Robert Koch Foundation Award for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention 2017. Following Professor Helge Karch (Münster) and Professor Petra Gastmeier (Berlin), Pittet, who is head of the department for hospital hygiene at the Geneva University Hospitals and the lead advisor of the WHO “Clean Care is Safer Care” program, is the third award-winner of the prize, which was created in 2013, and which is worth 50,000 euros. “Through his tireless commitment and enthusiasm, the award-winner has made a key contribution towards making his ‘Geneva hand hygiene model’ a global standard,” explains Hubertus Erlen, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Robert Koch Foundation. The award ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

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