About Global Handwashing Day

October 15 is Global Handwashing Day.

Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases. It is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.

Since the first Global Handwashing Day in 2008, when over 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries, community and national leaders have used Global Handwashing Day to spread the word about handwashing, built sinks and tippy taps, and have demonstrated the simplicity and value of clean hands.

Global Handwashing Day is designed to:

  • Foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap
  • Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing around the world
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap

Global Handwashing Day was founded by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing. We host Global Handwashing Day planner's tools, handwashing  information, responses to frequently asked questions, and an interactive map showcasing Global Handwashing Day events from around the world to help you learn more, find out how you can participate, and prepare to have a fantastic Global Handwashing Day, wherever you are in the world. 

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