PPPHW Soapbox - October 2015
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Thank you for celebrating Global Handwashing Day!

Once again, millions around the world gathered together to celebrate and promote handwashing with soap on October 15. We are in the process of compiling events, calculating the full scope of the day, and will publish a report in the coming months.

Make sure your celebrations are counted! If you have not yet shared your event with us please do so by emailing See how others celebrated here.

In addition to coordinating global efforts around Global Handwashing Day, the PPPHW was involved in the Cooties Catcher campaign and a Twitter chat with Ange Kagame, the First Daughter of Rwanda. We also hosted an event in D.C. exploring handwashing in the Sustainable Development Goals, innovations in behavior change, and more. 

Global Handwashing Day is a critical opportunity to promote handwashing, but hygiene should be promoted the rest of the year, too. Here are some resources to help you raise a hand for hygiene going forward:
October Publications
  • Handwashing should be a habit, but how do we make this happen? Read a new paper published by USAID's WASHplus project on this topic. 
  • Measurement of handwashing is a major topic of conversation, particularly as we push for a hygiene indicator in the Sustainable Development Goals. This article, published in Waterlines, explores how handwashing is measured and underscores the need for inclusion of standard observation-based indicators in large-scale household surveys.
  • WASH plays an important role in fighting neglected tropical diseases; a recent systematic review and meta-analysis found that available evidence strongly supports the effectiveness of hygiene-based lymphedema management in endemic areas. 
  • A Clean, Fed, & Nurtured event featured research and findings on indicators beyond stunting that could measure outcomes and impacts of integrated nutrition, health, and early childhood development interventions. The webinar can be watched here.
  • Rotary held a WASH E-Summit in October, with a session dedicated to behavior change through hygiene education.
World Pneumonia Day
Pneumonia is the number one killer of children under the age of five, and it can be prevented by simple handwashing with soap. World Pneumonia Day, held annually on November 12, seeks to raise awareness about this disease and how it can be prevented.

Learn more about pneumonia and share the word on November 12. 
World Toilet Day
World Toilet Day is on November 19!

Sanitation and hygiene go hand-in-hand to fight diseases and promote health and dignity. As handwashing after using the toilet is a key hygiene behavior, it is essential that handwashing and sanitation be integrated. 

Learn why #wecantwait and how you can celebrate World Toilet Day on UN-Water's website.
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