hygiene

Social Media

#GlobalHandwashingDay 2018 Communications Toolkit

On Monday, October 15, join USAID and its partners in celebrating Global Handwashing Day. Now entering its 10th year, 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.

Water Currents

Water Currents: Global Handwashing Day 2018

Celebrate Global Handwashing Day (GHD) on October 15, 2018. Organized by the Global Handwashing Partnership, this important international advocacy day is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap (HWS). HWS is one of the most effective and affordable ways to prevent diarrhea and pneumonia––the leading causes of death for children under the age of 5.
 

Webinar

The Forgotten Juncture? Handwashing and Safe Management of Child Feces

On August 22nd, 2018 at 6pm ET, the Global Handwashing Partnership, in conjunction with USAID, the International Water Center, the Water and Engineering Center for Development, and UNICEF hosted a discussion on the intersection of handwashing and the safe management of child feces.

Blog

The Ripple Effect: Supporting Women’s Empowerment through Water

New research demonstrates that improving a woman’s access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) provides a multitude of indirect and positive impacts that often are overlooked in traditional development interventions. Benefits of this water access “ripple effect” go beyond the time savings and health outcomes that are well known across the sector. Referred to as “pathways to empowerment,” these now-quantifiable impacts cover a range of outcomes, including a more than 50 percent increase in female community leadership positions and shifts in gender norms within the community.

Blog

Key Takeaways from Stockholm World Water Week 2018

More than 3,000 practitioners and decision-makers gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, at the end of August 2018 for World Water Week. Hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), this annual gathering encourages new thinking and positive action on water-related opportunities and challenges. 

Event

Regional WASH Innovation Challenge

The purpose of the Regional WASH Innovation Challenge will be to identify innovative solutions to promote handwashing with soap that can be implemented to scale in the South Asia region. The promotion will focus on:

  • Improving education and awareness of handwashing with soap, identifying the benefits of using soap, understanding of proper handwashing techniques, and critical times for handwashing;
  • Behaviour change, resulting in and sustaining the increase of good practice of handwashing with soap, using proper techniques and at critical times; and
  • Health impact where the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases and respiratory infections is reduced, improving children’s health and mitigating the risk of preventable child deaths.
Project

Accelerating Change: Mainstreaming Hygiene Practice in India

This project will develop and promote a Hygiene Index (HI) that will serve as monitoring tool for the hygiene and sanitation performance of cities. The index will reveal how targeted interventions over the years have led to improvement in the hygiene and sanitation situation, thereby helping government stakeholders measure the current hygiene status of the cities. It will help policymakers identify the areas in need of improvement and the associated investments required. As of 2018, the survey for 25 cities is complete.