The 15th of October marks Global Handwashing Day! The 2016 theme is "Make Handwashing a Habit!" This day is dedicated to increase awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. To reach this goal, handwashing must be practiced at key times-such as before preparing food or eating, after using the toilet or sneezing. Behavior change is essential for making handwashing a habit.

Global Handwashing Day 2016! The 15th of October marks Global Handwashing Day! The 2016 theme is "Make Handwashing a Habit!" This day is dedicated to increase awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. To reach this goal, handwashing must be practiced at key times-such as before preparing food or eating, after using the toilet or sneezing. Behavior change is essential for making handwashing a habit.

In 2008, the first Global Handwashing Day took place. Since this date, millions of people demonstrate each year the great importance of handwashing on the 15th of October. As this year's Global Handwashing Day will be a Saturday, you can also celebrate the day on Friday, the 14th October. 

The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW) promotes the adoption of handwashing as a habit on a global scaled.  If you are planning an event, please register it at the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing, supported by PAHO/WHO, and send pictures to Este endereço de email está sendo protegido de spambots. Você precisa do JavaScript ativado para vê-lo.

You may find useful guidelines and resources to make your event a success.

For questions about these activities, please contact Dr. Alfonso Contreras (Este endereço de email está sendo protegido de spambots. Você precisa do JavaScript ativado para vê-lo.

Let's make this year's theme "Make Handwashing a Habit!" be real!