Photo gallery: WSSCC Members and partners mark Global Handwashing Day 2017

  • Global Handwashing Day (GHD) on October 15 raises awareness and encourages people to wash their hands with soap at critical times
  • This year’s theme Our Hands Our Future highlights the importance of handwashing to ensure a healthy future for all

WSSCC members and partners marked Global Handwashing Day on October 15th to raise awareness and encourage people to wash their hands with soap. This year’s theme Our Hands our Future highlighted the importance of handwashing to ensure a healthy future for all.

Below are some photos of how our members and partners marked the day. Click here to see how they also spread the word on Social Media with our Global Handwashing Day Storify.


Sheba Odondi, Learning and Communication Officer for WSSCC’s Kenya Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme (K-SHIP) shared images of the National ‘Global Handwashing Day’ celebrations held at the Isinya Primary School in Kajiado County, with the Deputy Governor of the county, the Director of Public Health Kepha Ombacho , the Deputy Director of Public Health James Mwitari, UNICEF Chief of WASH Andrew Trevett, Amref Health Africa’s Ag Director of WASH and Neglected Tropical Diseases Daniel Kurao, and the CEC Health for the County, Esther Somoire. During his speech the governor said that access to soap in the county stands at 97%.

Other celebrations took place in Naivasha sub- county  at the Lakeview primary school, Kwale County at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) in Msambweni Sub County, at the Ithanga Catholic Parish  in Gatanga constituency,Muranga County,  Wajir County at the Wajir Secondary Girls School,  Suguta Market in Kisii County, in South Mugirango Sub County in the Getenga Ward,  Kuria West Sub-County, Narok County.

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Photos: Global Handwashing Day Celebrations in Kenya. Credit: Sheba Odondi, Gladys Abuta, Emmanuel Mwango, John Ngeru, Abdishukri Derow, Rajula Isoe, David Maganya, Dommy Murigi,


United Purpose, the Executing Agency of the Global Sanitation Fund supported RUSHPIN Programme, partnered for the fourth year in a row with PZ Cussons to carry out Nigeria’s largest Global Handwashing Day Campaign. The month-long campaign featured creative and fun activities which empowered more than 3000 children to become ‘Hygiene Heroes’.

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Photos: National Global Handwashing Day Celebrations in Nigeria. Credit: United Purpose


Longstanding WSSCC Member Roy Kunjappy  shared images of the celebrations that took place in Kerala in 20 locations. Activities included demonstrations on handwashing , mass drill/flash mob, rallies, seminars and handwashing songs.

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Photos: Roy Kunjappy


Here are photos by WSSCC Member Ikhtiar Khaskhelly on the activities organized by the Khairpur Rural Development Organization (KRDO)  in schools to raise awareness on handwashing.

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Photos:Ikhtiar Khaskhelly


WSSCC's National Coordinator  Jean Herivelo Rakotondrainibe shared images of  celebrations in Soanieran’Ivongo organized by the Analanjirofo Region.

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Photos: Jean Herivelo Rakotondrainibe


Our partner Sanitation and Water Action (SAWA) in collaboration with UNICEF and Kigamboni municipal council celebrated  the day at Vijibweni primary school where SAWA is implementing a WASH programme funded by UNICEF.

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Photos: Sanitation and Water Action (SAWA)


The Chief Director in the Ministry of Health, Bester Chisamire, traditional leaders and development partners joined community members and pupils from different schools for celebrations at Chikombe Trading Centre in the Salima District. WSSCC trained Facilitators in Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), including National Coordinator Ngabaghila Chatata and Hon. Jesse Kabwila a Member of  Parliament for the area presented some of the teachings from the latest Training of Trainers in Kenya  linking handwashing and good hygiene practices to MHM.

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Photos: Asayire Kapira,Water and Environmental Sanitation Network (WES) Programme Officer