This year's theme is ‘Our Hands, Our Future’, reminding us that handwashing protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world. It is such a simple thing to do but it is incredibly powerful.
- Handwashing with soap could prevent many of the 272 million yearly schooldays lost to diarrhoeal disease and 50% of the infections acquired in healthcare settings.
- Handwashing with soap has the power to improve access to education for children, protect the health of patients and communities, and reduce inequities.
- It also has an important role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals—contributing to zero hunger, good health, quality education, reduced inequalities, and more.