Global Handwashing Day 2020

USAID and its partners help communities in South Sudan to form Care Groups to teach them about essential hygiene and health behaviors to prevent disease. Photo credit: UNICEF/Kate Holt

Celebrate Global Handwashing Day Thursday, October 15!

USAID will be raising the profile of handwashing in the week leading up to Global Handwashing Day (GHD). Join an exciting event with Administrator John Barsa on October 14, Twenty Seconds that Saves Lives and Economies; share USAID messaging about the importance of handwashing using our social media materials in this toolkit; and read about USAID's development results in the newly published Global Water and Development Report of Water and Sanitation Activities. Look for a series of videos featuring USAID luminaries @USAID. Finally, don't forget to follow @USAIDWater for all the latest GHD activities and stories.

Global Handwashing Day increases awareness and understanding about the vital importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent the spread of illness and save lives. This year’s theme—Hand Hygiene for All—highlights the elevated importance of handwashing during the COVID-19 pandemic as a method to prevent the spread of the virus. To beat the virus today and ensure better health outcomes beyond the pandemic, governments, businesses, donors, institutions, researchers, and individuals alike must make handwashing with soap for all a priority now and in the future.

The Global Handwashing Partnership held the first GHD in 2008, a day designed to foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap; shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing around the world; and raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap. 

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