With infection control dominating today’s dental protocols, the Global Handwashing Partnership invites everyone to celebrate Global Handwashing Day on October 15. The annual event promotes handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. It also provides an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.
The first Global Handwashing Day was held in 2008, when more than 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries. Since then, community and national leaders have used Global Handwashing Day to spread the word about handwashing, build sinks and tippy taps, and demonstrate the simplicity and value of clean hands. The event is now endorsed by governments, schools, international institutions, civil society organizations, non-government organizations, private companies, and more.
The 2020 Global Handwashing Day theme is “Hand Hygiene for All.” It follows the recent global initiative calling on all of society to scale up hand hygiene, especially through handwashing with soap. It also reminds everyone that society must work toward universal access to and practice of handwashing with soap for now and for a healthy future, according to the Global Handwashing Partnership. The organization also is providing tools, information, and frequently asked questions.