The 2019 Global Handwashing Day theme is ‘clean hands for all,’ which focuses on the importance of handwashing equity.
The Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) run by UNICEF and WHO define a "basic handwashing facility" as the "availability of a handwashing facility on the premises with soap and water." Handwashing facilities can be ‘fixed’ or ‘mobile.’ ‘Fixed’ facilities include sinks with taps, buckets with taps, and tippy-taps, while ‘mobile’ facilities include jugs or basins designated for handwashing. The term soap includes bar soap, liquid soap, powder detergent, or soapy water.
- Only 60% of the world’s population has access to a basic handwashing facility.
- In the world’s least developed countries, only 28% of people have access to basic handwashing facilities. In some countries like Liberia, only 1% of the population has access to such facilities.
- Currently, there are 17 countries where more than 10 million people lack handwashing facilities (See Figure 1). The availability of soap and water at handwashing facilities varies substantially. For example, in Ethiopia, only 0.1% of households had soap and water at the handwashing facility while in Iraq, 91% had these items available.
Ahead of today, Dial held a contest asking their “littles” to submit drawings of a memorable moment with their “bigs,” and selected the artwork of a child from Kansas City to be featured on a limited-edition version of Dial Coconut Water Mango Hand Soap. The company donated of these 9,000 limited-edition hand soap to 40 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the nation, and as part of its continued giving efforts,will once again donate $100,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
This is the fourth year Dial has partnered with a charitable cause as part of Global Handwashing Day. Dial, which is part of Henkel, began its Healthier Futures program in 2018.
For its part, Hilton has announed that is will expand of its soap recycling program, totaling 5,300 properties in more than 70 countries and territories around the globe.
Hilton’s decade-long soap recycling program helps fight the hygiene epidemic plaguing underserved communities where tens of thousands of children die needlessly due to lack of access to basic sanitation. The initiative also contributes to reducing Hilton’s overall environmental impact, which the company has set a goal to cut in half by 2030.
Hilton also announced the successful completion of its 2019 Clean the World Challenge to collect enough soap by Global Handwashing Day to be sterilized and recycled into 2 million new bars of soap for communities in need. During the last 10 years, Hilton properties have diverted 4 million pounds of waste from landfills. Working with NGO partners such as Clean the World, the industry-leader is now setting the bar even higher.
“In a world where too many children die of hygiene-related illnesses, Hilton and its soap recycling partners are turning guest room waste into life-saving treasure,” said Katie Fallon, Hilton’s global head of corporate affairs. “We are now expanding our industry-leading, global soap recycling program to all of our brands as part of our commitment to send zero soap to landfill.”
Hilton has a network of soap recycling partners around the world that support these efforts, the largest of which is Clean the World. Through these partnerships, Hilton hotels have contributed to the donation of more than 11 million new bars of recycled soap to communities in need. In 2016, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton’s 750 hotels were the first in the industry to make soap recycling a brand requirement. In January of 2019, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton joined the initiative.
Hilton is expanding its commitment by making this a brand standard effective January 1, 2020 for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Signia Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Motto by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. Tru by Hilton uses bulk amenities.