Global Handwashing Day is celebrated on October 15th to emphasize the importance of regular handwashing. Parents from childhood are taught to wash their hands after the street, before and after eating, going to the store. On October 15, even more time should be devoted to this lesson. Before the advent of COVID-19 in our lives, most people probably did not think about the importance of hand washing for our health. The pandemic has shown the world the importance of washing hands and made this day even more meaningful.
In 2008 we held the first Global Handwashing Day. Since then, the event has been used by national leaders to spread the word about the health importance of clean hands. Washing hands is a fairly common activity, but at the same time, it saves lives.
The Global Handwashing Partnership founded Global Handwashing Day to develop and implement a variety of ways to encourage people to wash their hands, especially during times of a dangerous pandemic. This event continues to develop to this day. The holiday is supported by schools, international institutions, civil society organizations, government, private companies and many other organizations.
- the first national hand hygiene guidelines published in the 1980s;
- in 2019, a campaign related to hygiene for parents and caregivers was carried out and the importance of clean hands was emphasized;
- Unfortunately, only 60% of the world’s population has access to basic hand hygiene equipment.
How to celebrate
On this day, share on your social networks information about the importance of washing your hands with soap. Don’t stay away from this problem and order posters with flyers and place them, distribute them to people in public places. Remember to take care of your own hand hygiene and always use soap, especially after going to the restroom and before preparing and eating food.
When is Global Handwashing Day celebrated in 2022?
Global Handwashing Day is observed on October 15 each year.