October 8, 2018
Written by Global Handwashing Partnership
Global Handwashing Day was inaugurated by the Global Handwashing Partnership in 2008, as part of the International Year of Sanitation. Since then, it has been celebrated every October 15th. With 2018 as the 10th year of Global Handwashing Day, the Global Handwashing Partnership carried out a review of the day to understand some of the areas of impact around Global Handwashing Day.
We carried out a survey, key informant interviews, and a review of previous Global Handwashing Day reports. This review helped the Global Handwashing Partnership learn more about what celebrants have achieved with their work on Global Handwashing Day, where the limitations are, and how planners can get the most out of their events and campaigns.
Global Handwashing Day has allowed celebrants to make strides in advocacy and awareness-raising. It’s also opened up opportunities for organizations to work together, learn from each other, and recognize progress. We also learned how the context around Global Handwashing Day has evolved, with social media as a powerful tool for advocacy, the Sustainable Development Goals calling us to work together to ensure everyone has access to a place to wash their hands. We heard that Global Handwashing Day has some limitations: just one day won’t be enough to change handwashing behavior, and it can be challenging to keep handwashing messages fresh and exciting each year.
Based on the outcomes of the review, we have five recommendations for Global Handwashing Day planners and celebrants to maximize the impact of Global Handwashing Day:
To learn more about what we found in the review, please read the summary of the report, available here. We will be sharing more of the results in this year’s Global Handwashing Day report, including the results of your campaigns and events in 2018. The Global Handwashing Partnership would also love to hear your feedback and case studies from Global Handwashing Day. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.