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The Global Handwashing Partnership

The Global Handwashing Partnership works to save children's lives and improve health by promoting the important habit of handwashing with soap. Learn More >



The Global Handwashing Partnership is a coalition that brings together the expertise, experience, ideas, resources, and reach of the public and private sectors around the world to promote handwashing with soap. We recognize hygiene as a pillar of international development and health as an easy, effective, and affordable “do-it-yourself vaccine” that prevents infections and saves lives.

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We help practitioners harness the latest research and thinking about handwashing and behavior change by sharing information about key topics in handwashing, developing education modules, hosting webinars and publishing quarterly handwashing research summaries.

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Global Handwashing Day (October 15)  is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases. It is an opportunity to learn, design, test, replicate, and share creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times. Find all the tools you need to plan a successful Global Handwashing Day celebration here.

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Our resource library is the primary place for academics, practitioners, and the general public to find resources and tools related to handwashing, behavior change, program implementation, and more. Popular materials include monitoring and evaluating toolkits, case studies, and handwashing promotion materials such as posters.

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