Global Handwashing Day 2018

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. This year’s theme focuses on the links between handwashing and food – including food hygiene and nutrition. This online hub serves as a conversational space that curates, collects, and maintains resources, blogs, and content for Global Handwashing Day. LEARN MORE

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October 15, 2018

10 Innovative Interventions that Promote Clean Hands

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It’s Global Handwashing Day and WASH organizations all over the world are coming together to celebrate. This year’s theme is “Clean Hands- a recipe for health,” which examines the relationship between handwashing and food. For food to have a nutritious effect on the body, it needs to be consumed with clean hands. Today, celebrations are being organized both virtually and through in-person events around the world. 

In the same spirit and in honor of Global Handwashing Day’s 10th anniversary, we take a look at 10 innovative product interventions that promote hand hygiene all over the world:

1. SoaPen

SoaPen promotes better handwashing practices among kids all over the world through play. SoaPen is a soap that kids can draw with. In removing this drawing underwater, kids […]

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October 15, 2018

Submit and View Events

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We want to know how you celebrated Global Handwashing Day!

Please use this form to submit your Global Handwashing Day events so we can add them to our interactive map. All past events will be posted to the Global Handwashing Day map located on the View Events page. Do you have pictures to share? Send them to

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October 12, 2018

Medical Aid Films: Mr. Tembo Comes Clean!

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The UK-based NGO, Medical Aid Films, in collaboration with Guys & St. Thomas’ Hospital in London along with their Zambia link in Ndola have produced the film, “Mr. Tembo Comes Clean!” on handwashing and hygiene. Producing versions in English, Yoruba, and Bemba, this project not only aimed to help communities learn about handwashing, but also provided a version covering handwashing best practices for health workers in the hospitals.







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October 11, 2018

Who do you wash your hands for?

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It’s well established that handwashing is one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of infections and has the power to save millions of lives. Now, a new global survey conducted by Essity – maker of Tork products – reveals that washing your hands can also have a positive impact on how people around you feel and behave. The survey was conducted between July 9 and August 6, 2018, through web panels in six different countries, collecting answers from a total of 3,060 respondents. National quotas have been used to obtain accurate representation of age and gender.

Why wash your hands for others?

Clean hands can make others more comfortable touching and interacting. People are more comfortable touching others when knowing that everyone washes their hands properly. Almost half of the survey respondents said they would be […]

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