Global Handwashing Day 2018 – Water Currents, October 10, 2018
Celebrate Global Handwashing Day (GHD) on October 15, 2018. Organized by the Global Handwashing Partnership, this important international advocacy day is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap (HWS). HWS is one of the most effective and affordable ways to prevent diarrhea and pneumonia––the leading causes of death for children under the age of 5.
The theme of this year’s celebration, “Clean Hands—A Recipe for Health,” emphasizes the key role that handwashing plays in reducing the prevalence of diarrheal disease and increasing overall health. For that reason, USAID and local partners promote improved handwashing behavior—educating the public about the health benefits of regular handwashing with soap; encouraging handwashing behavior change; and improving handwashing infrastructure in schools, health facilities, businesses, and households around the world to help create healthier, more self-reliant communities.
Hygiene and handwashing behavior change are also highlighted in the 2017 U.S. Government Global Water Strategy and USAID’s Water and Development Plan.
This issue contains contributions from the Global Handwashing Partnership, USAID, and others, as well as the latest studies on handwashing and food hygiene.
Global Handwashing Partnership Resources
Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) website – GHP is a coalition of international stakeholders who work explicitly to promote handwashing with soap and recognize hygiene as a pillar of international development and public health. GHP has importantresources on its website for promoting GHD.
Norms, Nudges, or Addiction: Understanding Drivers for Handwashing Behavior. GHP; USAID, September 2017. In this webinar, Nga Ngyuen of USAID, Dr. Reshmaan Hussam, Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and Dr. Hans Mosler of the University of Zurich and EAWAG present updates on recent research and key implications of two frameworks for handwashing behavior change.
The Forgotten Juncture? Handwashing and Safe Management of Child Feces. GHP; USAID; International Water Center; Water and Engineering Center for Development; UNICEF, August 2018. Safe disposal of children’s feces is a critical practice. This webinar discusses the present status and impact of child feces disposal practices and handwashing, shares experiences across regions, and reviews key considerations for practitioners.
Global Handwashing Day 2018: Clean Hands—A Recipe for Health. Global Waters, September 2018. This collection of photos highlights USAID’s support for improved handwashing practices and how the Agency is helping create healthier communities around the world.
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