Global Handwashing Day 2021

Global Handwashing Day (GHD) is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of hand hygiene, especially through handwashing with soap.

The new ‘Hand Hygiene for All’ Initiative led by the WHO and UNICEF reminds us that hand hygiene must become everybody’s business and also the need to build on the current momentum to make hand hygiene a mainstay in public health interventions beyond the pandemic and create a culture of hand hygiene.

Hygiene promotion is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions in general and for COVID-19 prevention. However, this does not mean that it is easy or cheap to implement. Hygiene promotion should not be thought of as a one-off event but rather an adaptive process as handwashing behaviours naturally increase during outbreaks, but work should be done to ensure sustainable behaviour and long-term change.

Handwashing with soap can help fight undernutrition, keep kids healthy and in school, and save lives in households, workplaces, health facilities, and other community spaces. To achieve these benefits, handwashing must be practiced regularly at key times—such as before eating or cooking, and after using the toilet— by everyone. Join us in advocating to leave no one behind this #GlobalHandwashingDay. Learn more about Hand Hygiene For All at