The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap (PPPHW) works to save children’s lives by promoting the awareness of this simple practice.

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. 

1.7 million children die every year
From diarrhea and acute respiratory infections who are under five.

These figures could be cut dramatically if handwashing with soap were widely practiced.

Handwashing with soap is an important practice to prevent the spread Ebola. 

Learn more here.

Handwashing and the Science of Habit Webinar

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In December 2014 the WASHplus project and the PPPHW co-hosted a Webinar exploring how the science of habit can be applied to handwashing behavior change. Watch the Webinar here.

Global Handwashing Day Planner's Guide 3rd Edition

Average: 3.3 (26 votes)

This Planner's Guide will help you plan a successful Global Handwashing Day event.

 In addition to background information, the top five facts about handwashing you should know, and insights from the latest in handwashing research, the Planner's Guide features:

Handwashing & Ebola Factsheet

Average: 4 (10 votes)

Handwashing and Ebola: The facts

Last updated December 2, 2014

Handwashing and Ebola: the facts

UNICEF Handwashing Monitoring & Evaluation Toolkit

Average: 4.1 (7 votes)

This guide from UNICEF will walk you through planning and implementing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for your handwashing promotion program.

Everybody is doing it: How social networks can increase handwashing

If you were asked to describe a social network how would you respond? Would you reference Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites? Perhaps you’d list an organization you are a part of, such as a professional association. Or, you might have no idea how to describe a social network, but a vague idea that it has to do with relationships.

Which would be true.

Handwashing is not optional for restaurant workers: It is essential for public health.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 4, 2015. Handwashing with soap is a cornerstone of public health and disease prevention. Each year in the United States there are approximately 48 million cases of food-borne illness, over half of which are associated with restaurants.

Lessons from Zaragoza: Indicators, Integration, and Human Rights for Hygiene Post-2015

We are only a few weeks into 2015, but the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing and other actors within the international development community have been anticipating this landmark year for quite some time. Later this year, the Member States of the United Nations will agree upon a new set of global, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the expiring Millennium Development Goals.

PPPHW applauds the passage of the Water for the World Act

The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing lauds the passage of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014. Passed by unanimous consent by the United States Senate on December 15, 2014, the Water for the World Act will improve the U.S. government’s water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs.

Good Handwashing Key to a Healthy Holiday Season

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 17, 2014.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently warned that this year’s flu season might be particularly severe, and some states are already reporting spikes in influenza.

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Global Handwashing Day, October 15th, 2014

Global Handwashing Day was originally created for children and schools, but can be celebrated by anyone promoting handwashing with soap. Each year, over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world.

Watch the above video to see how the PPPHW celebrated in Washington, D.C. 

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Everybody is doing it: How social networks can increase handwashing
02/24/2015 - 11:20

If you were asked to describe a social network how would you respond? Would you reference Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites?

Measles and handwashing
02/04/2015 - 13:13

Measles and handwashing

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