October 15, 2020 is Global Handwashing Day. It is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. Covid-19 has provided a stark reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the virus is through hand hygiene, especially handwashing with soap. To beat Covid-19 and to ensure better health outcomes beyond the pandemic, handwashing with soap must be a priority now and in the future.

Hand Hygiene for All

This years theme is Hand Hygiene for All. The theme follows a recent global initiative calling on all of society to scale up hand hygiene. The initiative is crucial to protecting against a range of diseases, stopping the transmission of COVID-19, and preventing other outbreak-related diseases. It is also vital to combatting antimicrobial resistance (AMR). It reminds us that we must work toward universal access and practice of handwashing with soap for now and for a healthy future.

Get involved

Global Handwashing Day provides an opportunity for you to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times. Their website is the central repository for all the tools necessary to make your event a success.

You can find:
• Global Handwashing Day tools & resources
• Handwashing information
• Responses to frequently asked questions

No matter your role, you can celebrate hand hygiene for all. Visit their website here to find out how you can get involved: https://globalhandwashing.org/global-handwashing-day/

Hand hygiene training company, SureWash is dedicated to supporting hand hygiene for all on October 15th and beyond. For more information about SureWash, visit www.surewash.com, call 01 677 8894 or email info@surewash.com to learn how we help improve hand hygiene around the world.