Global Handwashing Day (GHD) is an international handwashing promotion campaign to motivate and mobilize people around the world to improve their handwashing habits. Washing hands at critical points during the day and washing with soap are both important.
Global Handwashing Day occurs on 15 October of each year. The global campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of handwashing with soap as a key factor in disease prevention. Respiratory and intestinal diseases can be reduced by 25-50%.
Global Handwashing Day 2020 Theme is “Hand Hygiene for All’. This year’s theme follows the recent global initiative calling on all of society to scale up hand hygiene, especially through handwashing with soap.
Global Handwashing Day History
Global Handwashing Day was initiated by the Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) in August 2008 at the annual World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. This means that the first Global Handwashing Day took place on 15 October 2008. The date was appointed by the UN General Assembly. The year 2008 was also the International Year of Sanitation. The founding bodies in 2008 included: FHI360 (a nonprofit human development organization based in the US), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Procter & Gamble, UNICEF, Unilever, World Bank Water & Sanitation Program and the United States Agency for International Development.
Global Handwashing Day 2020 Messages & Quotes
Win the battle against Covid-19 by washing your hands well. That’s all you got to do. Happy Global hand washing day😊😊.
This is the time to maintain cleanliness more than ever. Wash hands, save lives. Global Hand washing Day.
“Warm wishes on Global Handwashing Day…. Never forget to wash your hands to keeps away all the germs and health in good shape.”
“Wishing a very Happy Global Handwashing Day to you…. Never let the germs harm you…. Wash your hands before and after meal.”
“The occasion of Global Handwashing Day reminds us all how important it is to wash hands to stay healthy and germ free.”
“Most of the germs enter into our system through our hands and bring us diseases…. Global Handwashing Day is a reminder to always wash your hands.”
“Keep your body and system healthy and fit with handwashing practice…. Wishing you a very Happy Global Handwashing Day.”
Themes for annual Global Handwashing Day
2019 – Clean Hands for All. In the USA, the US CDC used the theme Life is Better with Clean Hands and launched throughout the USA a national hand hygiene campaign targeting adults who are parents and caregivers in communicating the importance of handwashing before cooking at home and after using the bathroom when out in public. They used ideas such as ‘Handwashing: a family activity’ and ‘Handwashing: A healthy habit in the kitchen’ when focusing on parent’ educational roles with their children.
2018 – Clean hands – a recipe for health.
2017 – Our hands, our future.
2016 – Make handwashing a habit.
2015 – Raise a hand for hygiene.