Are you ready for #GlobalHandwashingDay 2018?
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.
The theme of this year’s observance, “Clean Hands—A Recipe for Health,” emphasizes the key role that handwashing plays in reducing the prevalence of diarrheal disease and increasing overall health. For that reason, USAID and local partners promote improved handwashing behavior—educating the public about the health benefits of regular handwashing with soap; encouraging handwashing behavior change; and improving handwashing infrastructure in schools, health facilities, businesses, and households around the world to help create healthier, more self-reliant communities.
Global Handwashing Day has grown since its inception in 2008, generating more events, campaigns, and social media outreach every year. This October, we hope you will consider becoming a champion of improved handwashing as well. To facilitate your participation in Global Handwashing Day 2018, this toolkit contains key handwashing facts; easily shareable social media content, including pictograms, tweets, and Facebook posts; and curated links to new research, multimedia resources, and additional background information.
Help us spread the word about how #USAIDTransforms lives and communities through the power of improved handwashing.