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Virtual Campaigns

Virtual campaigns are a great way to join Global Handwashing Day celebrations. We encourage you to  participate in these Global Handwashing Day events and learn more about handwashing with soap.

On this page, you will find Global Handwashing Day digital campaigns and virtual events.  If your organization is planning a virtual event or digital campaign, please share your event information with us at, so that we can list your event here.  This page also covers past events and has information on planning virtual campaigns.

Previous Virtual 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.

Unilever | #High5forHandwashing 

Unilever’s High5forhandwashing campaign raised awareness about the importance of handwashing with soap globally. Unilever has committed to teaching healthy handwashing habits to 5 children for every #high5forhandwashing photo posted on social media this October. See High5 photos here.

Dettol | Global Hand Washing Day: Give Life a Hand

As part of the Global Handwashing Day campaign, Dettol is on a mission to spread awareness about the importance of hand washing with soap, and drive habit change especially among young children. Learn more here.

Essity | Who do you wash your hands for?

Essity developed a series of videos and virtual assets urging celebrants to consider who they wash their hands for.  This urges people to not only wash their hands to protect themselves, but to protect others as well. Learn more here.

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. Learn more here.

World Vision | Global Handwashing Day

To commemorate Global Handwashing Day, World Vision, with its 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 and newsletter for access to the webinar recording and presentations, GHD blogs, additional campaign resources, and to learn more about the importance of hygiene and World Vision’s approach.

 Learn more about planning virtual events and campaigns

Want to plan your own social media campaign for the day? Visit our resources page to get started today! And don’t forget to use #GlobalHandwashingDay and tag the GHP @HandwashingSoap (Twitter) or @GlobalHandwashingDay (Facebook) in your social media posts!


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