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How to Get Involved This Global Handwashing Day

October 1, 2021

By: Aarin Palomares, Global Handwashing PartnershipEvery year on October 15, Global Handwashing Day serves as a platform to raise awareness and build commitment for hand hygiene. The cross-cutting benefits of hand hygiene were further highlighted in the context of COVID-19. As the pandemic continues in much of the world, we must ensure the spotlight on hand hygiene is not lost. This requires us to imagine our future at hand – one where hand hygiene remains a mainstay in public health interventions.

No matter your role, you can celebrate Global Handwashing Day. Here’s how you can get involved:

Plan an event or campaign. It’s not too late to plan a Global Handwashing Day celebration. Use resources from our “Take Action” tab to plan an in-person or virtual celebration. Be sure to submit your Global Handwashing Day plans here.

Share your work online. Use our resources to connect with other Global Handwashing Day celebrants and share your commitment for Our Future at Hand. Visit our social media and community forum pages to share messages and read what others are doing. When sharing your work online, be sure to engage with us on Twitter (@HandwashingSoap) or Facebook (Global Handwashing Day). Use this year’s hashtags, #GlobalHandwashingDay and #OurFutureatHand, to keep up with the handwashing conversations around the world!

Join us on Global Handwashing Day. Don’t have time to plan an event? Join ours! We’re teaming up with the Hand Hygiene for All Initiative to host a global, virtual event to launch the first ever State of the World’s Hygiene Report. This event will also galvanize commitments from leaders across sectors to ensure hand hygiene for all. Register for the event here.

This Global Handwashing Day, let’s move forward together to work toward our future at hand. For more information, visit

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