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Global Handwashing Day, October 15

October 15 is Global Handwashing Day,

a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

Global Handwashing Day is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.


The 2019 Global Handwashing Day theme is “Clean Hands for All.”


This year’s theme follows the push to leave no one behind in the Sustainable Development Agenda. Inequalities in handwashing facilities and effective handwashing promotion programs can put individuals at higher risk for diseases that impact their health, education, and economic outcomes. This year’s theme reminds that we must be inclusive when addressing handwashing disparities. No matter your role, you can celebrate Global Handwashing Day!

About Global Handwashing Day

Handwashing with soap is a "do-it-yourself vaccine" that prevents infections and saves lives.


View our latest tools and downloadable materials to promote global handwashing in your community.

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