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Global Handwashing Day, October 15

Virtual Campaigns

Virtual campaigns, such as social media & digital campaigns, Twitter chats, Facebook Live events, and webinars, are a great way to join Global Handwashing Day celebrations if you are unable to attend events in community. We encourage you to attend and participate in these Global Handwashing Day 2017 events and learn more handwashing with soap.

On this page, you will find Global Handwashing Day digital campaigns, such as virtual events. We encourage you to participate in any events that interest you. As activities are announced, we will update this page and suggest that you check this page frequently for the latest events. If you’re organization is planning a virtual event or digital campaign, let us know at, and we will promote it on this page.

In addition, we will be sharing the latest Global Handwashing Day digital campaigns, blogsvideos, including webinar recordings, podcasts, social media events, celebrations from around the world, and more. You can also learn about past events and planning virtual campaigns.

Virtual Events

October 4

October 6

October 9

October 11

  • Twitter relay: Diarrhea Innovations Group will host a global Twitter relay about innovations to defeat diarrheal disease (#OvertakeDD). Groups not formally participating can hook into this conversation to emphasize messages about innovated handwashing approaches.
  • Webinar 1300 UTC / 9 am EDT: Join World Vision & Sesame Workshop for a webinar to learn about the WASHUp! programme, a school-based program using learning and teaching materials to educate children and families about positive health behaviors related to WASH.

October 24

  • Webinar 2 pm CET: Join WSSCC’s second in 2017 webinar series on interventions to promote handwashing and sanitation for the launch of the recent WSSCC/3ie systematic review. Save the date and learn more here.

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Digital campaigns

American Cleaning Institute | Our Hands, Our Future
Despite its lifesaving potential, handwashing with soap is seldom practiced. Even in the United States, where soap is plentiful, handwashing doesn’t happen as often as it should. Learn more and browse American Cleaning Institute’s Global Handwashing Day resources here.

Deb | Stop the Spread of Germs 
This year Deb’s Global Handwashing Day 2017 campaign focuses on primary schools, encouraging students to become Handwashing Champions. It is an opportunity to engage with students creatively and help them to understand why, when and how to wash their hands with soap and water. Browse free resources for teachers & students, and learn about Deb’s washroom solutions for schools here.

Lifebuoy | Help a Child Reach 5 on Global Handwashing Day
This Global Handwashing Day, Lifebuoy is calling on everyone to make a great big noise and not to let this situation be forgotten until it’s solved. Lifebuoy is working with communities around the world to educate them on healthy handwashing habits and is standing up for every dream of every child and parent. Together, we can make sure those first memories for a #BrightFuture are made. Learn more here and follow the conversation on social media using #Helpachildreach5.

Outreach International | Global Handwashing Day – You Can Help
Outreach and Dial® invite you to lend a hand and to read about the good things made possible by Global Handwashing Day celebration efforts here.

USAID Maternal & Child Survival Program | WASH in Healthcare Facilities: A toolbox for improving quality of care
The USAID’s flagship Maternal & Child Survival Program works to advocate for investments in WASH in HCFs, improve programmatic approaches, and contribute to global learning. This microsite includes a toolbox of resources as well as perspectives and an emerging approach from its experience integrating WASH in support of quality of care improvements that lead to improved health outcomes.

WaterAid |Talking about water, sanitation and health on Global Handwashing Day
To kick off their Global Handwashing Day in Nigeria, WaterAid developed and produced short health and hygiene messages in both English and Pidgin English for a mini radio campaign. Read more here.

World Vision | Global Handwashing Day
In honour of Global Handwashing Day, World Vision, together with our partner, Sesame Workshop hosted a webinar to learn about the WASHUP! programme. WASH UP! is a multi-media, school- and center-based program that uses engaging learning and teaching materials to educate children and caregivers about positive health behaviors related to WASH. Visit World Vision’s campaign webpage for access to the webinar recording and presentations, Global Handwashing Day blogs, and to learn  more about the importance of hygiene and World Vision’s approach.

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Blogs can also be found on news & updates.

USAID Water | Handwashing with soap, where are we? (October 4)

World Vision | A future without handwashing (October 4)

World Vision | Lessons from children: What a 4-year-old reminded me about handwashing (Oct 4)

World Vision | Sherifa: A shining star for WASH (October 4)

World Vision | Catch them young: Three challenges to the WASH sector to accelerate handwashing (October 5)

Global Handwashing Partnership | Research improves handwashing programs by uncovering drivers of behavior change (October 9)

GIZ/Fit for School | Fit for the Future! Combating malnutrition through daily handwashing in schools (October 11)

DefeatDD A Healthy Future is in our Hands (October 12)

HappyTap | Changing the message: to promote handwashing, we need to stop talking about it (October 13)

USAID | Exploring the Handwashing Research of Dr. Reshmaan Husssam (October 13)

WSSCC | Our hands, our futures (October 13)

International Coalition for Trachoma Control | From clean hands to clean faces: Working with the WASH sector to end trachoma (October 13)

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Videos & Recordings

Facebook Live

Global Handwashing Partnership & Splash Global Handwashing Partnership & Medentech
USAID & Head of Health Office of Ternate City, Indonesia

Webinars & Podcast

WASH UP! webinar
 | World Vision & Sesame Workshop

Incentivizing Handwashing Habit Formation | Global Waters

Handwashing campaigns

Wash Your Hands O | United Purpose


Handwashing Song | SpaTap

Our Hands, Our Future | International Aid
Handwashing education to prevent diarrhea | DefeatDD
LaBobo video | HappyTap
Integrate WASH & nutrition to prevent gut damage | DefeatDD

#SwachhHaathIndia | Team Swachh Bharat & WASH United


Philippines | Safeguard

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Past Events

In 2016, there were a number of digital Global Handwashing Day campaigns that took place, such as videos, webinars and live presentations. You can find and watch some of them below:

  • A presentation presented by the CDC
  • World Vision webinar with David Neal explored handwashing and the Science of Habit
  • American Cleaning Institute’s webinar which featured the CDC, the GHP, and others
  • Global Handwashing Day video filmed by Dettol
  • NPR blog (2015): Goats Who Eat Soap Are The Enemy Of Global Handwashing Day

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 Learn more about planning virtual events and campaigns


Want to plan your own social media campaign for the day? Download the Social Media Toolkit to get started today! Let the Global Handwashing Partnership know how you plan to celebrate here. And don’t forget to use #GlobalHandwashingDay and tag the Global Handwashing Partnership    @HandwashingSoap (Twitter) or @GlobalHandwashingDay (Facebook) in your social media posts!


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