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Global Handwashing Day 2023

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.

Children washing their hands in front of a toilet

Global Handwashing Day was founded by the Global Handwashing Partnership, and is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times. 

Recent years have seen a rise in hand hygiene commitment and action. While great strides have been made, the world must triple its current efforts to achieve global hand hygiene targets. 

Global Handwashing Day 2023 is themed “Clean hands are within reach”. The campaign says, “Through strong leadership and collective efforts, we can close gaps in access and practice to achieve hand hygiene for all. Everyone has a role to play to ensure clean hands are within reach.”

  • Find out how to take action here.

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