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Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day

What is Global Handwashing Day (GHD)?

Global Handwashing Day (GHD) was created by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing in 2008 to:

  • Foster and support a global culture of handwashing with soap.
  • Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in every country.
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.

Each year, over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world. Global Handwashing is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organisations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals.

Why Handwashing with Soap?

Handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. Together, they are responsible for the majority of all child deaths. Yet, despite its lifesaving potential, handwashing with soap is seldom practiced and difficult to promote.

Why the focus on Childern?

Global Handwashing Day focuses on children because not only do they suffer disproportionately from diarrheal and respiratory diseases and deaths, but research shows that children – the segment of society so often the most energetic, enthusiastic, and open to new ideas – can also be powerful agents for changing behaviors like handwashing with soap in their communities.