Global Handwashing Day is celebrated each year on October 15 to increase awareness and understanding around the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. USAID recognizes washing hands with soap at critical times as a vital step in curbing the spread of diarrhea and respiratory illness, and promoting healthy growth. USAID works with vulnerable populations around the world who lack access to soap and water in the home and are often miles away from a safe and clean facility.
Join your soapy hands together to celebrate this year’s Global Handwashing Day theme, “Our Hands, Our Future.” USAID handwashing efforts work toward a future where soap and water are accessible to every home and handwashing is a regular habit. Good handwashing habits allow children and their families to live full and thriving lives, no matter where they live.
This issue of Water Currents provides information on upcoming events, recent research studies, and news items to help bring attention to this important advocacy day.
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