An annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives, Global Handwashing Day is celebrated every October 15th. Thanks to our partnership with Ecolab on the Clean and Conserve Education Program, we have plenty of resources available free of charge to help spread the word about the importance of handwashing and how you can help "Make Handwashing a Habit"! As the Global Handwashing Day website explains:
For handwashing to be effective it must be practiced consistently at key times, such as after using the toilet or before contact with food. While habits must be developed over time, this theme emphasizes the importance of handwashing as a ritual behavior for long-term sustainability. Habit formation is currently a hot topic in behavior change and the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector. This theme taps into that interest and is also a gateway to discussing what the sector knows about how habits are formed.
1. Check out "Soap and Water Science" on DiscoverWater.org with the kids in your life. This fun, interactive activity teaches kids not only how to wash their hands most effectively but also why using soap is so important to prevent the spread of disease. (Plus, it's fun to make the germs scream!)
2. Download a handwashing poster, print it out and post it around your work, school and home to encourage proper handwashing.
3. Take an online training to learn how to use the "Healthy Personal Hygiene" lesson with your class, co-workers or family. Then download the lesson and share with your intended audience! Don't forget to download companion student publications if you're working with kids aged three to 18, and be sure to check out the Chinese and Spanish sites for those languages. Portuguese for Brazil and French for Canada are also available from the English-language download page.