Tools and Tips to Celebrate Global Handwashing Day 2017

Date: 4th October 2017

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  • Global Handwashing Day (GHD) on October 15 is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent disease and save lives
  • Every year, GHD is celebrated with events, campaigns, and handwashing programmes around the world. WSSCC is pleased to share its own and the Global Handwashing Partnership’s resources to help make GHD events and initiatives a success
  • After the day, please share details of GHD events with both WSSCC and the Global Handwashing Partnership for greater visibility

According to UNICEF, 1.4 million children do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday because of diarrhoea and pneumonia. Handwashing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent these diseases.  Since 2008,  WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund has supported over 20 million people with access to improved handwashing facilities.

Global Handwashing Day on Sunday, October 15 provides an opportunity to design, test and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times – in the community, in schools, in the workplace.  It also provides the opportunity to alert decision-makers and opinion-formers to the importance of investing in this critical hygiene intervention.

To support global, regional and national GHD initiatives, WSSCC is pleased to share the following information:

After GHD, uploading details of events to the Global Handwashing Day website will contribute to global visibility. In addition, WSSCC requests that members and partners share information, photos and video of their initiatives to

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