Global Handwashing Day was originally created for children and schools,but can be celebrated by anyone promoting handwashing with soap.

Each year on October 15,  over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world

Handwashing with soap is the most effective & inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal & acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries.

Together, they are responsible for the majority of all child deaths. 

Global Handwashing Day, October 15


To celebrate Global Handwashing Day 2014, the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing, FHI 360, Devex, and WASH Advocates co-hosted an event exploring new ideas in hygiene integration, innovations in handwashing and insights into behavioral drivers. Watch a recording of the event here!


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This year, Global Handwashing Day celebrates the power that everyone has to save lives and create healthier communities through handwashing with soap. The organization behind Global Handwashing Day, the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW) and its partners, encourages everyone to join in the celebration and promote handwashing with soap.

The power is in your hands!


Handwashing with soap plays an important role in child survival and health.


Clean Hands Save Lives:  Wash a Germ, Make a bubble!


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