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Global Handwashing Day, October 15


You have questions about Global Handwashing Day. We have answers.

For frequently asked questions related to handwashing in general, please see the main Global Handwashing Partnership page here. For questions not addressed here, contact us.

What is this year’s theme?

The theme for Global Handwashing Day changes each year. The theme for 2017 is “Our hands, our future!” This theme reminds us that handwashing protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world.

Thinking of the future, we strive for continued health, well-being, and productivity for ourselves, our families, and our communities. Handwashing is an affordable, effective way to achieve these goals. For example, handwashing with soap could prevent many of the 272 million yearly schooldays lost to diarrheal disease, and 50% of the infections acquired in healthcare settings.

Handwashing with soap has the power to improve access to education for children, protect the health of patients and communities, and reduce inequities. It has an important role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals—contributing to zero hunger, good health, quality education, reduced inequalities, and more. Whether you are celebrating Global Handwashing Day at school, in a health facility, or with your community, efforts to promote the benefits and the practice of handwashing with soap, as well as fostering access to and improving hygiene facilities, will help us work towards a future where that potential is realized.

Where can I get advice or suggestions of things I can do for Global Handwashing Day?

We are excited that you are interested in celebrating Global Handwashing Day!

If this is your first year celebrating Global Handwashing Day, we recommend downloading this Planning Pack. It includes all the materials necessary to get you started, such as:

All these items can also be individually downloaded by clicking the above links, or visiting the resources page.

Regardless of how many times you have celebrated Global Handwashing Day, the Planner’s Guide  remains the best source of information and tools for planning an event celebration. It is updated annually and includes:

  • Background information
  • Detailed celebration ideas designed to help religious organizations, schools, healthcare centers and more plan effective messaging and events
  • An event checklist
  • Spotlights on sustainability (p. 17), small doable actions (p. 20), social norms (p. 22)
  • And much more!

Can I use the Global Handwashing Day logo?

Yes! The Global Handwashing Day logo can be downloaded here. The logo can only be used in a way that is directly associated with Global Handwashing Day (October 15) and by organizations who are in some way supporting the vision of this day, namely: “to promote a global/local culture of handwashing with soap”. The full guidelines for using the logo are available here.

What are examples of successful Global Handwashing Day activities others have done?

Global Handwashing Day activities from last year may be found on the interactive Global Handwashing Day map. Other activity examples are available in case studies and the activity list of the Global Handwashing Day Planner’s Guide.

Can I register or promote the Global Handwashing Day activities I am organizing?

Yes! Please let the GHP what activities you are planning ahead of time by completing this form. We will then add your event to our index allowing us to know what events are planned globally. This can also help us connect you with potential partners. After your event, please upload pictures and a report to the interactive Global Handwashing Day map.

How can I find others near me who are hosting Global Handwashing Day activities?

One way to find Global Handwashing Day activities near you is to reach out to similar organizations. This can provide an opportunity to collaborate with like-minded organizations. You can also contact the GHP to see if others in your region have registered an event.

How can I fund the activities I want to do for Global Handwashing Day?

While the GHP is unable to provide funding for specific Global Handwashing Day events due to overwhelming global demand, there are many ways to secure funding for Global Handwashing Day activities or materials. Collaborating with other organizations is one way to reduce the cost of events.


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