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2015

Every year, October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, an occasion to support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap, shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in each country, and raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.

Handwashing is simple, inexpensive, and can dramatically cut the number of young children who get sick. Handwashing with soap could prevent about 1 out of every 3 episodes of diarrheal illnesses and almost 1 out of 6 episodes of respiratory infection like pneumonia.

Kids and adults around the world are raising awareness of the importance of clean hands in observance of Global Handwashing Day. You can join them in these ways:

Healthy Schools, Healthy People: It’s a SNAP!

You can also help promote handwashing by creating a handwashing campaign for your school community. CDC works with the American Cleaning Institute on the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! program. This program aims to improve hand hygiene habits in schools to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases and reduce related absenteeism. Each year, schools are chosen for national recognition for outstanding student efforts to promote hand hygiene and infection control. Visit www.itsasnap.orgExternal to apply today!

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Learn more about how handwashing can keep you and others healthy, today and every day.

2014

Today is Global Handwashing Day, an occasion to support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap, shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in each country, and raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.

Kids and adults around the world are celebrating. You can join them in these ways:

Learn more about how handwashing can keep you and others healthy, today and every day.

Healthy Schools, Healthy People: It’s a SNAP!

CDC works with the American Cleaning Institute on the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! program to improve hand hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases and reduce related absenteeism. Visit www.itsasnap.orgExternal to learn how you can help prevent school absenteeism by creating a handwashing campaign for your school community.

Each year, schools are chosen for national recognition for outstanding student efforts to promote hand hygiene and infection control. Apply today!

Awards guidelines:

Learn moreExternal about Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP!

Page last reviewed: October 22, 2015