15 October: Global Hand Washing Day
Global Handwashing Day (GHD) was observed across the world on 15 October 2014. Theme for 2014 GHD is Clean Hands Save Lives.
GHD is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap as handwashing with soap is a key approach to disease prevention. Handwashing with soap is the most effective & inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal & acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries. Together, they are responsible for the majority of all child deaths.
About Global Handwashing Day (GHD)
Global Handwashing Day (GHD) was created at the annual World Water Week 2008 held in Stockholm from 17 to 23 August 2008. The purpose for creation of the day was to initiate the Public Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW).
The first Global Handwashing Day took place on 15 October 2008, the date that was appointed by the UN General Assembly in accordance with year 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation. The theme for Global Handwashing Day’s inaugural year was Focus on School Children.