It’s time to come clean on handwashing investment


Pupils from various primary schools wash their hands to mark the Global Handwashing Day at Mureru Primary School in Nyeri County on October 15, 2013. 

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What you need to know:

  • Only 78 per cent of the global population will have basic handwashing facilities by 2030.
  • At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, health experts highlighted handwashing as a key measure.

Now wash your hands.” Often seen on the walls of public toilets around the world, this phrase highlights how vital handwashing is in preventing the spread of disease. Yet for millions of people, the signs might as well say “Now fly to the moon”.


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