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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August 31, 2018

Global Handwashing Day Planner’s Guide 2018

GHD Planner's Guide

Updated for 2018, this Planner’s Guide will help you plan a successful Global Handwashing Day event. This guide provides background information on this year’s theme, step-by-step instructions, and easy-to-use tools, exploring the importance of handwashing with soap.

This guide features:

Spotlights on big ideas in handwashing, such as: Handwashing and food hygiene (p. 16) Handwashing in health care facilities (p. 18) Handwashing habits at meal times (p. 30) Event Planning checklist to ensure events are on track (p. 50) Tools for planners to assess the impact of your campaign (p. 52) Suggestions for promoting hygiene beyond Global Handwashing Day (p. 72)

This Planner’s Guide will be available in French and Spanish. Once you’ve designed your Global Handwashing Day campaign or event, let us know how […]

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August 30, 2018

Global Handwashing Day 2018 Social Media Toolkit

Teachers singing handwashing song in school

Updated for 2018, this social media toolkit has sample messages, images, and graphics to help celebrants and handwashing champions spread the word about Global Handwashing Day.

This toolkit includes:

Crafted messages about Global Handwashing Day for Twitter, Facebook, and blogs Shareable images with 4 food hygiene facts and 5 call-to-action graphics Printable “I wash my hands because” template

This toolkit will be available in French and Spanish soon.

Download the full toolkit and graphics (ZIP file) >>

Download the toolkit (Word) >>

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August 28, 2018

Infographic: Clean hands – a recipe for health

Global Handwashing Day 2018 infographic

The theme for Global Handwashing Day 2018 focuses on handwashing, food hygiene, and nutrition. Our tagline, ‘clean hands- a recipe for health’, reminds us to make handwashing a part of every meal. Read this infographic to learn more about the theme and what you can do for Global Handwashing Day!

Download the infographic here!

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