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Why Make Handwashing a Habit? An explanation of the Global Handwashing Day 2016 theme.

September 19, 2016

No matter where a baby is born, their parents are united by a common hope: that their child will grow up to be healthy, successful, and happy. And yet, for too many, these dreams aren’t realized. In 2016, 5.9 million children died before celebrating their […]

Cholera and Handwashing Fact Sheet

August 9, 2016

A PDF version of this fact sheet can be accessed here. Cholera is a diarrheal disease that has a substantial impact on public health. Each year, it affects the lives of millions of people, especially those who live in conditions that are not conducive to practicing […]

2016 Handwashing Think Tank: Integration, Settings, Scale/Sustainability

April 27, 2016

This overview of the 2016 Handwashing Behavior Change Think Tank highlights the background, sessions and recommendations for all actors in the hand hygiene space.

2015 Regional Handwashing Think Tank, Senegal: Emotional Motivators, Behavioral Settings and the Science of Habit

April 19, 2016

This document discussed emotional motivators, behavioral settings and the science of habit formation-three themes explored during the 2015 Regional Handwashing Think  Tank.

Concern Universal and Carex soap hosted the largest Global Handwashing Day celebration in Nigeria

January 11, 2016

Reach School children: 42,000 (Nigeria), 3,000 (UK) Social Media: 350,000 – 500,000 TV & Radio: 2.5 – 3 million (Nigeria) Concern Universal & Carex Soap held the world’s largest and longest celebration of Global Handwashing Day in Nigeria – a country in which 1 in […]

Global Handwashing Day 2015: Who is celebrating where?

October 8, 2015

Over the next month we will catalog upcoming Global Handwashing Day celebrations. Want us to list yours? Email! Argentina Organizers: Hospital de Niños de La Plata with Aguas Bonaerenses S.A When: Thursday, October 15 from 10-13 Where: Parque Saavedra, La Plata City, Buenos Aires, Argentina. […]

Children as Handwashing Change Agents: A short review of the evidence

June 17, 2015

  “If a child find his mother preparing food without washing hands, or coming from latrine and does not wash hands, he can tell her to wash hands. This would be a very useful advice.” – Schoolteacher, Tanzania.1   Many global health behavior change programs […]

2015 Africa Regional Handwashing Think Tank

June 3, 2015

Our 2015 regional Think Tank event hosted at the AfricaSan4 Conference in Dakar, Senegal, brought together experts to discuss the theme of Three Big Ideas in Handwashing, including emotional motivators, behavior settings, and the science of habit.

Event Summary: AfricaSan 4 Day Two – Using handwashing to deliver dignity

May 27, 2015

“Rights must inform policies and political discourse, not the other way around.” This quote, from a session on sustainability in sanitation sums up a key sentiment that I heard refrained again and again on Tuesday. If the common thread on Monday at AfricaSan was equality, […]

Promoting Handwashing and Sanitation: Evidence from a Large-Scale Randomized Trial in Rural Tanzania

March 13, 2015

A recent World Bank study looks at the impact of two large-scale, government-implemented handwashing and sanitation programs in rural Tanzania.


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