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The Global Handwashing Partnership

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Join us in our work to improve and save lives through the effective promotion of handwashing with soap.

The Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) brings together the expertise, experience, ideas, resources, and reach of organizations working to save lives through promotion of handwashing with soap. Affiliation with the GHP enables members to share knowledge and strategies; align objectives and resources; and create and harness synergies. 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 financial or in-kind support to the work of the GHP in some way. There are three levels of affiliation with the GHP.

The basics about affiliation with the GHP are covered on this page, including:

For more detailed information about joining the GHP, or to request a membership application, please contact the Secretariat.

Who can become affiliated with the Global Handwashing Partnership?

  • Research institutions
  • Donor organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Multilateral agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Private sector entities

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, they are welcome to access the benefits available to the general public, listed below.

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Benefits the GHP provides to the general public

The GHP provides opportunities, resources, and tools for the general public. These are available for anyone and include:

Events and networking
  • Invitations to handwashing events and webinars
  • Opportunities to contribute to advocacy on handwashing issues
Access to knowledge and new resources

To stay up to date on the latest activities of the GHP, sign up for our newsletter, the Soapbox.

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Benefits of formal affiliation with the GHP

The main benefit of formal affiliation with the GHP is partnership with diverse organizations to collaborate to achieve universal handwashing promotion and practice.

Benefits to members and partners, in addition to those offered to the general public, include:

  • Opportunities to contribute, present, and share your organization’s work with a wide audience of handwashing stakeholders;
  • Opportunities to partner with a wide range of stakeholders from different sectors to promote handwashing, including collaborations facilitated by the GHP Secretariat;
  • Opportunities to jointly advocate on key handwashing issues;
  • Public acknowledgement that your organization supports handwashing promotion, including listing and linking to your organization on the GHP website;
  • Opportunities to highlight your organization’s resources and news on the GHP website, and in social media and the SoapBox newsletter;
  • Technical support and advice on handwashing advocacy and programs;
  • Opportunities to co-create events and written products with the GHP.

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Categories of formal affiliation with the GHP

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.

Strategic Partner
Strategic partners provide a minimum financial contribution and/or other resources to support the work of the GHP. 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 handwashing promotion activities, including Global Handwashing Day.

Steering Committee
Steering Committee members provide regular input to steer the direction and deliverables of the GHP, including decision making and contributions to business plans, consultations, and product development. They actively work in handwashing, partner across sectors to increase access handwashing, engage in hygiene 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.

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Our History

Our members include experts from government, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, civil society, and academic institutions.

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Who We Are

Our members include experts from government, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, civil society, and academic institutions.

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