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Global Handwashing Day

Today is Global Handwashing Day. During the last two years, hand hygiene has received an unique amount of attention due to the COVID-19 pandemic: suddenly, around the world people wanted to know more about how to keep hands free from pathogens. We have to keep the momentum and advocate for hand hygiene for all.



Ranas Ltd. has contributed and will continue to contribute to the understanding of why people don't wash their hands at key times. Not only to fight COVID-19, but also diarrhoeal diseases that cause an estimated 165'000 deaths per year.


A selection of our projects on handwashing in response to COVID-19 as well as diarrhea:


A country-wide campaign to fight COVID-19 in Indonesia (2021)


COVID-19 protection behaviors and vaccine acceptance in India (2021)


Responding to COVID-19 in the Tongogara refugee camp (2021)


Psychological ownership and handwashing-device functionality during COVID-19 crisis (2020)


RANAS behavior change techniques in a handwashing film from Dakar, Senegal (2018)


Determinants of handwashing: evidence from a multi-country study in Haiti, Ethiopia, Chad, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Burundi (2017)


Handwashing campaigns in rural and urban Zimbabwe (2017)


Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to advocacting for handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. The 2021 theme is “Our Future is at Hand – Let’s Move Forward Together.” (cf. Global Handwashing Day Website).

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