Improving hand hygiene helps kill many birds with one stone, from Ebola to MRSA, diarrhea, flu, and the common cold -- and it is everybody's business. For Global Handwashing Day 2014, what is your handwashing commitment?
We shouldn't require a horrific epidemic like Ebola to remind us why we observe Global Handwashing Day today. But it seems, alas, many in the world can use a reminder about the importance of good hygiene.
Global Handwashing Day, celebrated on October 15th, is an international, UN-recognized day dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of handwashing with soap. Each year, over 200 million people are involved in handwashing celebrations in over 100 countries around the world.
At the start of the new millennium, world leaders promised to cut by half the proportion of people without decent sanitation, and to reduce child mortality by two thirds, all by 2015. We're determined to help the world keep its promises.