Global Handwashing Day is celebrated on October 15, 2009 but should not be limited to that day. This Handwashing Day is an international campaign, brought to you by the Academy for Educational Development, CDC, UNICEF and several other partners.
An American survey conducted on 2007 showed that while nine out of ten (92%) Americans said they always washed their hands after using a public restroom, an observational survey in 5 cities found the actual number to be more like 3 out of 4 (77%).

According to, "The challenge is to transform handwashing with soap from an abstract good idea into an automatic behavior performed in homes, schools, and communities worldwide. Turning handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter. A vast change in handwashing behavior is critical to meeting the Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths among children under the age of five by two-thirds by 2015."

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. Together, they are responsible for the majority of all child deaths. Yet, despite its lifesaving potential, handwashing with soap is seldom practiced and difficult to promote.

Handwashing is easy, learn how. Download this Handwashing Brochure, provided by ASM.

Convinced about the importance of handwashing? Watch this campaign official video.