October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
In 2018, the Global Handwashing Day theme is ‘Clean hands – A recipe for health’. The theme focuses on the links between handwashing and food, including food hygiene and nutrition. Handwashing is an important part of keeping food safe, preventing diseases, and helping children grow strong.
Every year, GHD is celebrated with events, campaigns, and handwashing programmes around the world. To support global, regional and national GHD initiatives, WSSCC is pleased to share the following information:
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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