Global Handwashing Day
Global Handwashing Day (GHD) is an international campaign that aims to increase awareness on the importance of handwashing, specifically on its crucial role in preventing communicable diseases. Handwashing, after all, remains to be the most convenient and cost-efficient way to maintain one’s good health.
The very first observance of the GHD, which was initiated by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Global Handwashing on October 15, 2008, saw 120 million children from 73 countries across 5 continents wash their hands with water and soap. At present, it is being commemorated and celebrated globally by various governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, non-government organizations, private companies, and individuals.
Since 2013, MWF has been one of the most visible and active proponents of the GHD in the Philippines. It has been rolling out activities and events that include demonstrations and actual handwashing, which complement MWF’s commitment to educate Filipinos of all ages on water, health, and hygiene. To date, more than 460,000 individuals have been enjoined to pledge their commitment to proper handwashing and pass on this advocacy.