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Global Handwashing Day is October 15, 2010

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The practice of handwashing with soap tops the international hygiene agenda on October 15, with the celebration of Global Handwashing Day. Since it’s beginning in 2008, Global Handwashing Day has been echoing and reinforcing the call for improved hygiene practices worldwide.

The guiding vision of Global Handwashing Day is a local and global culture of handwashing with soap. Although people around the world wash their hands with water, very few wash their hands with soap at critical times (for example, after using the toilet, while bathing a child and before handling food).

Global Handwashing Day 2010 will revolve around schools and children. Handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year.  To learn more, visit And, don’t forget to wash your hands with soap!

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