Global Handwashing Day, 15 October 2019

01 October 2019

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Global Handwashing Day, on 15 October 2019, aims to increase awareness and understanding regarding the importance of handwashing with soap, as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. 

The theme for Global Handwashing Day 2019 is ‘Clean Hands for All’, a reminder that inclusivity is important when addressing handwashing disparities, while working towards the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Agenda.

Lack of access to handwashing facilities and effective handwashing promotion programs can put individuals at higher risk for diseases which may impact on their health, education and economic outcomes.