If you didn't have a chance to participate in last year's Global Handwashing Day, which was celebrated in more than 80 countries on October 15, 2009, plan to take part in this year's celebration, which will take place October 15, 2010.

Accordingto ISSA reports, the driving theme for Global Handwashing Day is children and schools, and the main objectives of this global celebration are to:
• Foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap
• Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in each country
• Raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.

Although people around the world wash their hands with water, very few wash their hands with soap at the critical occasions. More handwashing with soap means lower rates of infectious disease. Clean hands save lives!

Initiated in 2008 by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap, Global Handwashing Day is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies and individuals around the globe.

Everyone can get involved in Global Handwashing Day. For more information and help in planning your Global Handwashing Day celebration, visit www.globalhandwashingday.org. The Web site offers useful tools and resources to make Global Handwashing Day a success in your country, city, town, community, and school.