The Global Hand Washing Day (15th October ’17)

The practice of handwashing with soap tops the international hygiene agenda this year with the first-ever Global Handwashing Day, slated for Wednesday, October 15, 2008. The UN General Assembly has designated 2008 the International Year of Sanitation, and Global Handwashing Day will echo and reinforce its call for improved hygiene practices. The guiding vision of Global Handwashing Day is a local and global culture of handwashing with soap. Although people around the world wash their hands with water, very few wash their hands with soap at critical moments (for example, after using the toilet, while cleaning a child, and before handling food). Handwashing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrhea diseases and pneumonia, which together are responsible for the majority of child deaths. Every year, more than 3.5 million children do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday because of diarrhea and pneumonia. Yet, despite its lifesaving potential, handwashing with soap is seldom practiced and not always easy to promote.

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Tolkit Contents

  • Introduction to Hand Hygiene
  •  Hygiene and Healthcare
    + For facilities managers
    + For visitors and staff 
  • Hints and Tips
  • Hygiene on the move
    + For operators and facilities managers
    + For you
  •  Facts and Figures
  • Downloadable leaflets
    and posters
  • Hygiene at Work
    + For facilities managers   
    + For you
  • The art of hand washing
  • Hygiene at Work
    + For facilities managers   
    + For you
  •  Flu Q&A
  •  Useful Contacts