Global Handwashing Day & National Infection Control Week

Infection Prevention & Control

October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap and water as an effective and affordable way to prevent disease and save lives. Global Handwashing Day is an opportunity to design, test and replicate creative ways to encourage people to clean their hands using soap and water (or alcohol-based hand rub).

October 18 – 22 is National Infection Control Week, a time for infection control professionals to educate staff and the community about the importance of infection prevention and to promote the important work that has and continues to be done by infection control professionals in a visible and fun way.

More information on this year's events will be posted in October!

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Have a great idea?

The IPC Hand Hygiene Program is always looking for new ways to increase hand hygiene awareness! Have a great idea? Email: