Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day, on 15 October, is the annual day dedicated to the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

The Global Handwashing Partnership is a coalition that brings together the expertise, experience, ideas, resources, and reach of the public and private sectors around the world to promote handwashing with soap. Our vision is for handwashing with soap to be universally promoted and practiced at all critical times.

Handwashing with soap contributes to better health, nutrition, education, and equity. This practice can help achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals—but it must be accessible to all.