Global observance days



While this list is by no means exhaustive, these global health observance days enjoy a guaranteed recurring reservation on our annual DefeatDD work plan as opportunities to generate greater attention to one or more solutions to defeat diarrheal disease; help amplify our partners’ programmatic and advocacy efforts; and provide messages that empower our community of advocates to speak in a coordinated way about an integrated approach.


For integrated messages to share throughout the year, check out our social media toolkit.


World Water Day: March 22
See our Cheers to H2O case study and our 2016 blog:
For World Water Day, tell us: Where do you see blue?
Featured resource: Diarrheal disease and malnutrition are inextricably linked (infographic)


World Immunization Week: Last week in April
See our selected contributions to the Protecting Kids blog series:
When diarrhea gets personal: one girl’s fight against rotavirus, by Laura Edison Kallen
Missed chance for protection becomes a lifesaving opportunity in Vietnam, by Dr. Vu Minh Huong
Featured resource: From introduction to impact: The story of rotavirus vaccines (video)


Global Handwashing Day: October 15
See our 2016 blog:
Make handwashing a habit to prevent diarrhea… and grow taller, too, by Michael Arndt


World Pneumonia Day: November 12
See our 2016 blog: Healthy Households Initiative: Honduras, by Adam Drolet
Featured resource: Pneumonia and diarrhea: Tackling the deadliest diseases for the world’s poorest children (infographic)


World Toilet Day: November 19
Featured resource: The global adventures of Traveling Poo (interactive map)