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Uniting for Hand Hygiene - Global Handwashing Day!

October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

This year, the Global Handwashing Day theme focuses on the links between handwashing and food including food hygiene and nutrition. Handwashing is an important part of keeping food safe, preventing diseases, and helping children grow strong. Our tagline, Clean hands a recipe for health, reminds us to make handwashing a part of every meal.

Here are a few ways you can make a difference this Global Handwashing Day:

  • Wash your hands with soap at critical times, especially before eating, cooking, or feeding others.

  • Model good handwashing behavior, and remind or help others to always wash their hands before eating.

  • Make handwashing part of your family meals.

  • Establish places to wash your hands in the household, in your community, in schools, workplaces, and in health facilities.

  • Promote effective handwashing behavior change in research, policy, programs, and advocacy.


Some printable resource posters by the CDC can be used to help raise awareness about handwashing in highly visible public areas, such as schools, workplaces, and restrooms:

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