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The Global Handwashing Partnership

Who We Are


The Global Handwashing Partnership is a coalition of international stakeholders who work explicitly to promote handwashing with soap and recognize hygiene as a pillar of international development and public health.

Our partnership brings together organizations from multiple sectors, including:

  •  Private sector entities that bring state-of-the-art marketing knowledge and techniques to the table, and support handwashing programs at national levels;
  • Academic institutions that contribute the latest behavior change theory and scientific evidence of the effectiveness of handwashing;
  • Multilateral and governmental agencies that lead global policy and support implementation of handwashing programs; and
  • Non-governmental and community-based organizations that promote and integrate handwashing programs.

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The Steering Committee

Steering Committee members provide regular input to steer the direction and deliverables of the Global Handwashing Partnership. Steering Committee members actively work in handwashing, partnering across sectors to increase handwashing and engaging in handwashing promotion activities around Global Handwashing Day. All Steering Committee members contribute substantial financial and/or in-kind resources to the GHP.

FHI 360
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Staff include experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology—creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. FHI 360 currently houses the Secretariat of the GHP, and its predecessor organization was a founder of the GHP.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Since its founding in 1899, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has been a leader in education and research in the global health field. Their mission is to improve health worldwide by translating technical knowledge into real world solutions. LSHTM was a founding member of the GHP. For more than two decades the Environmental Health Group at the School have been developing infrastructural and behaviour change solutions to encourage handwashing all around the world. Researchers within the team have led many of the handwashing-world’s pioneering research initiatives which continue to influence the sector. Key ways that LSHTM support the GHP are through technical expertise and literature reviews.
Procter and Gamble
P&G believe that before they can serve the world's remaining consumers profitably, they can reach them altruistically through social responsibility programs, improving their lives in ways that enable them to thrive, to increase their quality of living and, over time, to join the population of consumers they serve with P&G brands. P&G, through its brand Safeguard, and its design agency Landor Associates, created the Global Handwashing Day mascot ‘Better Together’ featuring Soap, Hand and Water, a design which went on to win a 2009 Bronze Lion at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.
UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF's work is carried out in 191 countries through country programs and National Committees. Their programs help to promote handwashing and hygiene behavioral change by: advocating for increased funding for hygiene activities and the inclusion of hygiene in sectoral policies and strategies; supporting national & sub-national handwashing campaigns; including strong hygiene components within its own WASH programs in the field; ensuring that handwashing and hygiene are components of emergency response programs; developing strategies and tools to encourage handwashing promotion by community health & outreach workers; encouraging hygiene promotion in schools and the empowerment of children as agents of change within their families and communities.
For Unilever, sustainability is integral to how they do business. By 2020, they aim to help more than a billion people to improve their health and well-being. Their brand Lifebuoy aims to make a difference by creating accessible hygiene products (soap) and promoting healthy hygiene habits.  With this in mind, Lifebuoy aims to change the handwashing behavior of 1 billion people across Asia, Africa and Latin America by 2015. The Lifebuoy Handwashing Behavior Change Program was launched in 2010. Handwashing behavior change programs are now central to Lifebuoy plans in all countries where the Lifebuoy brand is present, with hygiene promotion activities fully embedded into brand activities on an on-going basis.
USAID is the lead U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. As a founding partner of the GHP in 2001, USAID is a key stakeholder in the partnership. Through funding, advocating for hygiene, and providing technical expertise through USAID's Bureau for Global Health, the Agency has leveraged its relationship with the GHP and partners to make significant progress on improving hygiene in communities around the world.
World Bank
As the world’s largest multilateral source of financing for
water in developing countries, the World Bank is working closely with partners to achieve “A Water-Secure World for All,” by investing in solutions that enable universal access to water supply and sanitation, promote water security, and build resilient societies.
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global multi-stakeholder partnership and membership organization that works to save lives and improve livelihoods. It does so by enhancing collaboration among sector agencies and professionals who are working to improve access for the 2.5 billion people without safe sanitation and the 783 million people without clean drinking water. Through its work, WSSCC contributes to the broader goals of poverty eradication, health and environmental improvement, gender equality and long-term social and economic development. WSSCC has coalitions in more than 20 countries, members in more than 160 countries, and a Geneva-based Secretariat which is a unit of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

Global Handwashing Partnership Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners support the promotion and practice of handwashing with soap to prevent infections and save lives as an international development priority. They engage in handwashing promotion activities, including around Global Handwashing Day. Strategic Partners provide a substantial financial contribution and/or in-kind resources to support the work of the GHP.

Colgate-Palmolive was a founding member of the GHP. A cleaner, healthy environment is important to Colgate not only because it's the right thing to do, but also because it makes good business sense. Colgate’s 2011 to 2015 sustainability strategy maintains its emphasis on People, Performance and Planet, with focused, measurable goals that align with the Company’s business objectives. As part of that commitment, Colgate aims to provide handwashing awareness to over 50 million households.
Essity is committed to the long-term goal of improving hygiene standards around the world through dialogue and programs that lead to behavior change. Millions of people use Essity products daily, and as one of the largest hygiene and health companies in the world, they recognize their responsibility to raise awareness of the undeniable link between hygiene and overall health and well-being. Raising awareness about critical hygiene issues, such as the importance of hand sanitation and handwashing in limiting the spread of infections and disease, is a vital step to addressing these challenges and improving hygiene standards around the world. No one, no matter who they are or where they live, should have to suffer physically or mentally due to insufficient hygiene.

Global Handwashing Partnership Members

Members support the implementation of the Global Handwashing Partnership’s strategic plan through identifying activities to support, participating in relevant GHP working groups, and reporting on activities. Members provide a financial contribution and/or in-kind resources to support the work of the GHP.

CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology) is a Canadian charity and engineering firm. Founded in 2001, CAWST focuses on building local capacity on non-networked systems, teaching people how to get safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in their homes, schools and clinics, using simple, affordable technologies. CAWST is also a partner and contributor of the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub.
Nigeria Federal Ministry of Water Resources
The Federal Ministry of Water Resources is the focal Ministry for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in Nigeria. The Ministry is charged, among other responsibilities, with improving access to WASH services in the country towards the achievement of the national and global goals on WASH.

Global Handwashing Partnership Affiliates

A wide range of organizations partner with us to achieve different aspects of our mission of universal handwashing promotion and practice.


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The Secretariat

The Secretariat is housed at FHI 360 in Washington, D.C. The Secretariat facilitates delivery of the GHP strategy including developing materials, sharing lessons and resources, and connecting organizations across our diverse network.

Ron Clemmer serves as the WASH Division Director for FHI 360 and oversees the secretariat of the Global Handwashing Partnership. He is a professional engineer with focus on WASH programming integrated with other development goals such as nutrition, education, and neglected tropical diseases.

Aarin Palomares, MPH, manages the partnership’s program efforts and thought leadership. Aarin has a background in global health, particularly in the areas of health policy, community development, and implementation research.

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Our members come from a range of backgrounds and areas of expertise. Learn how to join us here.

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What We Do

Our work focuses on advocacy and knowledge leadership.

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