On Oct. 15, we at World Dryer will join more than 200 million people in over 100 countries around the world in celebrating Global Handwashing Day. Founded in 2008 by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing, the goals of Global Handwashing Day are to:
- Foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap
- Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing around the world, and
- Raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap
Endorsed by governments, public interest organizations, private companies and individuals, Global Handwashing Day spreads the word about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
The theme for the 2016 Global Handwashing Day is “Make Handwashing a Habit!” Consistently practicing handwashing, particularly at critical times such as when using the restroom and before handling food, is key to the effectiveness of handwashing as a means to ensure sanitation and hygiene.
With that in mind, we invite you to join us at World Dryer by celebrating the importance of Global Handwashing Day on October 15 and by thinking about handwashing habits in your work and home environments. Are there ways to improve those habits or reinforce them through reminders, conversations or company policies?
The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing website has a number of tools and information that will help you join in the Global Handwashing Day celebration, including educational information on handwashing, responses to frequently asked questions and an interactive map showcasing Global Handwashing Day events from around the world.
We hope you will be part of this important observance on Oct. 15. Together, we can make a difference and help achieve the important goals of improving hygiene and preventing diseases through better handwashing!