Students can Become ‘Hand Washing Champions’ in Celebration of Global Handwashing Day on October 15th

Each year on October 15th, over 200 million people in over 100 countries take part in celebrations to mark Global Handwashing Day. Once again, Deb Group is heavily involved in this day of advocacy, which promotes handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent infections and save lives.

First held in 2008, Global Handwashing Day is designed to support a global and local handwashing culture, shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing around the world, and raise awareness about the benefits of the practice. The day is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals.

This year’s theme, “Make Handwashing a Habit!” highlights the importance of making hand washing as a ritual behavior. To be effective, hand hygiene needs to occur regularly at key times, such as after using the washroom or before contact with food.

Deb is encouraging elementary schools in the United States to inspire their students to become ‘Hand Washing Champions’, with activities and lessons aimed at making the hand washing procedure at school fun, engaging, and memorable.

Throughout the next few months, Deb will be running a national ‘Happy Hands Contest", where students are encouraged to design their own soap dispensers and enter their creations into a competition. The winning student designs will be announced in January. Furthermore the winning design will be reproduced on a custom dispenser, which Deb will supply to the school free of charge across all their washrooms.

“Global Handwashing Day is a fantastic opportunity for people around the world to come together in celebration and support of better hand hygiene,” said Isabelle Faivre, Vice President of Marketing, Deb North America. “We are thrilled to be working with schools in the United States to support their efforts to make handwashing a daily routine for their students. Encouraging children from an early age and getting them into the habit of washing their hands as part of their school day will help ensure that this practice becomes part of their lifelong routine.”

Deb is working towards behavior change in schools with a range of brightly colored and attractive soap dispensers, which are designed to help engage children in the hand washing process. Dispensing systems are more hygienic, economical and environmentally-preferable than bar soap or bulk fill systems, and easy to operate for children.

In addition to dispensers and a comprehensive range of skin care products, Deb also provides schools with a range of training and educational materials to ensure hand hygiene compliance is adhered to in educational institutions around the country.

For more information on the Happy Hands Contest and how to register your school, please visit For more information on Global Handwashing Day, please visit

About Deb Group

Headquartered in the UK and with North American headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., Deb Group provides dedicated skin care programs for a wide range of industries and organizations that value their employee and customer well-being.

In 2014, Deb Group acquired Stoko Professional Skin Care to become the world's largest specialist occupational skin care company. The combined organization encompasses 23 companies operating in 19 countries, with Deb products used over 150 million times every day. The Deb product lines include Travabon®, Stokoderm®, Refresh, Estesol®, Solopol®, Kresto®, Deb InstantFOAM®, Stokolan® and KrestoGT.

In 2015, Deb Group was acquired by SC Johnson, a privately held, family company and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household cleaning products, and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care. To learn more, visit

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