Global hand washing day

Initiated by Health in your hands

Everyone can get involved in Global Handwashing Day celebrations, slated for Thursday 15 October, 2009. In this website you will find useful tools and resources to make Global Handwashing Day a success in your country, city, town, community and school.

The driving theme for Global Handwashing Day is children and schools, and the main objectives of this global celebration are:

  • Foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap.
  • Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in each country.
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.

Although people around the world wash their hands with water, very few wash their hands with soap at the critical occasions. More handwashing with soap means lower rates of infectious disease: Clean Hands Save Lives! Initiated in 2008 by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap, Global Handwashing Day is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies and individuals around the globe.

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