Each year, on October 15th, hundreds of millions of people from over 100 countries join together in a global effort to raise awareness about the importance of handwashing with soap to prevent diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia.

The power is in your hands

The 2013 Global Handwashing Day theme is "The power is in your hands," as everyone has the power to create healthier communities through handwashing with soap.  It is important to wash hands with soap at critical moments,  after using the toilet , before handling or eating food, after working in the garden, when suffering from a cold or the flu.

Global Handwashing is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals. RIVM supports Global Handwashing Day in The Netherlands. We have a short film (in Dutch) which shows why and how to properly wash hands, see right column. Besides this film, RIVM has more public information and a Hygiene toolkit link

More information

Global Handwashing Day http://www.globalhandwashing.org/