Handwashing with soap is key to protecting public health, and leads to benefits in nutrition, education, economic growth, and more.

However, the many benefits associated with handwashing with soap can only be accessed when handwashing is practiced consistently at all critical times. Globally, handwashing with soap is rarely practiced as often as it needs to be. It is essential that governments, the private sector, civil society, and other stakeholders work together to promote handwashing with soap, both through project implementation and advocacy.