How to Celebrate Global Handwashing Day

How to Celebrate Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day. {Image credit: MSH.}Image credit: MSH.

Today, October 15, children, schools, and communities around the world mark Global Handwashing Day.

Washing hands with soap is the "most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year." In addition to handwashing with soap, proper sanitation and safe drinking water are key to preventing disease.

"Most of what we need to do to bring down the rate of child deaths is inexpensive & straightforward," USAID Administrator Raj Shah said today on Twitter. In addition to handwashing with soap, "add a bednet, vaccines, nutrition, rehydration, newborn care; we know how to drastically reduce child deaths."

Here are a handful of ways to participate:

  1. Wash your hands with soap today!
  2. Join the Twitter Chat throughout the day, led by USAID Global Health, UNICEF, Water Aid America, and more.
  3. Read USAID's update on handwashing with soap for child survival. "Handwashing with soap is not an event – it is an essential behavior to help children and families survive and thrive."
  4. Play the World Wash-up online game.
  5. Sign the A Promise Renewed pledge to end preventable child deaths.

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