The Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) brings together the expertise, experience, ideas, resources, and reach of those interested in improving and saving lives through the effective promotion of handwashing with soap. Our partners include those working in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); health; nutrition; education; economic development; and global equity sectors. Affiliation with the GHP enables members to learn from each other; share knowledge and strategies; align objectives and resources; and create and harness synergies to improve lives through the effective promotion of handwashing with soap.
There is no specific cost associated with becoming a member of the GHP. However, affiliation does require a commitment to advance handwashing promotion, and to contribute to the work of the GHP in some way, such as through providing financial resources, knowledge sharing, or the like. There are four distinct levels of affiliation with the GHP depending on the expertise, objectives, and resources of both the member and the Secretariat.
The basics about affiliation with the GHP are covered on this page, including:
Any of the above are welcome to apply for membership to the GHP. If you belong to a group not described by this list, please contact us to inquire further.
While individuals are currently not able to join the GHP in an official capacity, there are many ways for individuals to get involved in saving lives through the promotion of handwashing:
The GHP provides opportunities, resources, and tools for the general public. These are available for anyone and include:
The main benefit of formal affiliation with the GHP is the bringing together of diverse organizations to collaborate, build synergies, and focus on achieving universal handwashing promotion and practice.
Benefits in addition to those offered to the general public also include:
Members are the broadest level of affiliation with the GHP. Member organizations should work in handwashing, have an active and demonstrated interest in partnering across sectors to drive and increase the impact of handwashing promotion, and engage in handwashing promotion activities, including around Global Handwashing Day. Members receive the benefits of formal affiliation with the GHP, such as access to events and networking opportunities as well as increased visibility.
Resource Contributors provide a minimum financial contribution and/or other resources to support the work of the GHP on at least one occasion. They must support the promotion and practice of handwashing with soap to prevent infections and save lives as an international development priority. They must engage in some way in handwashing promotion activities, including around Global Handwashing Day.
To support its work in producing evidence-based events, tools, and guidance materials, the GHP relies on the expertise of its research advisors. These are experts in the field who are committed to advancing knowledge and practice about handwashing with soap. GHP Research Advisors contribute to the Partnership through responding to ad-hoc information requests, overseeing the publication of research summaries, and helping to ensure the development and delivery of evidence-based Handwashing Think Tank events. Research advisors also occasionally work with partners on a one-on-one basis.
Steering Committee members provide regular input to steer the direction and deliverables of GHP, including decision-making and contributions to business plan, consultations and product development. They actively work in handwashing, partner across sectors to increase handwashing, engage in handwashing promotion activities around Global Handwashing Day, and they share their handwashing expertise. All Steering Committee members contribute substantial financial and/or in-kind resources to the GHP and attend biannual Steering Committee meetings.
The GHP occasionally offers internship opportunities available for students who are able to receive academic credit. Contact us to learn more.
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