Every year, 1.7 million children do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday because of diarrhea and pneumonia. Hand Washing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent these diseases. This simple behavior can save lives, cutting diarrhea by almost one-half and acute respiratory infections by nearly one-quarter. Hand Washing with soap impacts not just health and nutrition, but also education, economics, and equity.
Global Hand Washing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
Celebrated annually on October 15, Global Hand Washing Day was founded by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Hand Washing, and is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.
Make Hand Washing a Habit.Stop Germs and Stay Healthy