The simple act of washing your hands can prevent illness and save lives.
Most of us take this fact for granted. With an abundance of clean water, easy access to soap and antibacterial products like hand sanitizer, washing your hands is second nature. The reality is, in other parts of the world, hand washing is at best a privilege and far from the norm.
Due to lack of hygiene education, lack of clean water and other factors, easily preventable diseases spread and thrive in these environments. The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing "is a coalition that brings together the expertise, experience, ideas, resources, and reach of the public and private sectors around the world to promote handwashing with soap," and they have worked to establish October 15th as a global day of awareness dedicated to the importance of handwashing.
Global Handwashing Day has three main aims:
- Foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap
- Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing around the world
- Raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap
First held in 2008, the event has grown to over 200 million participants in 100 countries around the world. Endorsed by many prominent organizations, Global Handwashing Day continues to promote handwashing with soap as an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent disease and save lives.