Global Handwashing Day is 15 October.
Handwashing with water and soap is a 'do-it-yourself' vaccine. with water and soap, handwashing cuts the incidence of diahrroea by nearly half.
Global Handwashing Day (15 October) is 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. Global Handwashing Day is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands at critical times.
The theme for Global Handwashing Day 2017 is "Our Hands, Our Future."
In honour of Global Handwashing Day, World Vision, together with our partner, Sesame Workshop (the non-profit educational organisation behind Sesame Street) hosted a webinar on Wednesday, 11 October, to learn about the WASHUP! programme. WASH UP! is a multi-media, school- and centre-based programme that uses engaging learning and teaching materials to educate children and caregivers about positive health behaviours related to water, sanitation and hygiene.
During the webinar, we heard from Abby Bucuvalas, Senior Director of Educational Programs, International Social Impact, Sesame Workshop as well as from World Vision Zambia and World Vision Lebanon, two countries who are currently implementing WASHUP!
Other Global Handwashing Day Resources:
Learn more about World Vision's partnership with Sesame Workshop, including this NEW VIDEO about WASHUP! in Lebanon.
Check out this video from World Vision Afghanistan, featuring children demonstrating proper handwashing technique.