National call to action "Hand Hygiene for All"

From the Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap

15 October 2020
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Kemitraan Swasta-Pemerintah/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a powerful reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of a virus is also one of the simplest: handwashing with soap and water.  Handwashing with soap facilities in households, workplaces, schools, healthcare facilities as well as all public spaces is critical to keep children, teachers, doctors, nurses, workers and the entire population safe from COVID-19 transmission, and other infectious diseases.

Increasing access to handwashing facilities should go together with promoting hygiene behaviour change. This requires united efforts from all sections of society to create a culture where keeping our hands clean is established as a social norm and becomes a habit, or a way of daily life for everyone.

Good hand hygiene saves lives.

We, from the government, private sector and civil society have come together to form the Public -Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap (PPP-HWWS) to promote advocacy and sustainable initiatives for improving Handwashing with Soap practices in Indonesia

On Global Handwashing Day on October 15th, 2020 we call on all stakeholders to join us in:

  1. Making hand hygiene available to everyone.
  2. Working collaboratively with all stakeholders to improve HWWS practices
  3. Ensuring that handwashing promotion and facilities are resilient and sustainable
  4. Delivering knowledge of handwashing appropriately.

To make sure that every single person has access to hand hygiene in Indonesia, the “whole of society” must come together. The PPP-HWWS calls on the following actors to make “Hand Hygiene for all” a reality:


  • All ministries to ensure that HWWS facilities are available in all government offices and handwashing is practiced by all government staff and visitors.
  • All ministries and local governments to enforce policies and guidelines for hand hygiene in workplaces, communities, schools, health care facilities and all public places.
  • National, provincial, regencies/city government and village governments to strengthen internal capacity to deliver on hand hygiene, encourage private sector participation and innovations through incentives and regulations.


  • Provincial and districts governments, school administrators, and school committees to ensure schools have HWWS facilities, running water and functional toilets as mandatory conditions before schools are reopened.  
  • Ministry of Education and local governments to allocate available budgets and mobilise additional funds from different sources, including the private sector, to improve WASH in schools facilities.
  • Ministry of Education and other related ministries, school principals, administrators and teachers to include hand hygiene behaviour change approaches in the curriculum to promote hand hygiene among children and their families and wider communities at critical times (before and after using the bathroom, before meals, and after outdoor play).

Health care facilities

  • Ministry of health and local health authorities to ensure that all health care facilities have a fully functional handwashing facility with soap and running water at points of entry and exit, all points of care and inpatient rooms.
  • As primary role models, health workers to practice and promote hand hygiene as part of efforts to stop COVID-19 spread and other infectious diseases.

Religious and public places

  • Ministry of Religious Affairs and religious authorities to ensure HWWS facilities are accessible in all places of worship, and all congregants are encouraged to wash their hands prior to entry.
  • Ministry of Home affairs and all relevant ministries and authorities to ensure HWWS facilities are accessible in all markets, public transportation, stations, terminals and other public areas
  • Relevant authorities to promote hygiene behaviour change and sustainable behaviour practices through public campaigns.

Private sector

  • To establish policies and protocols for hand hygiene and make handwashing with soap facilities available in their offices, factories and staff residential areas.
  • To collaborate with the government and development partners to improve access to HWWS in schools, healthcare facilities, public places and communities and improve O&M of installed facilities
  • Producers and manufacturers to make hand hygiene accessible and affordable through product and supply chain innovations and working with public entities on accessible pricing models.
  • To promote hygiene behaviour change among your customer base and multiple networks.

Public and private financial institutions

  • Financers to contribute to this initiative by funding both producers and consumers of hand hygiene supplies and services.
  • Financial institutions and donor organisations to encourage policy and spending in support of improved hand hygiene in their funding programmes.

Civil society organisations, thought leaders, community leaders and young people

  • To represent, advocate, and implement programmes to increase access to handwashing with soap for all populations, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised.  

Mass media, social media, outlets and communication agencies

  • To develop and disseminate innovative hygiene messages through multiple communication channels to effectively reach different population segments.
  • Work with trusted community leaders to embed hand hygiene initiatives in wider health, social and development efforts.


The members of the PPP-HWWS are :

Ministry of Health, UNICEF, Unilever, Wings, Johnson&Johnson, Reckitt Benckiser, Trakindo, Adaro, Astra International, Cussons, USAID, SNV, Save the Children, GIZ, Mercy Corps, Daai TV Network, Lions Club and National Board of Zakat (BAZNAS).


Jakarta, 15 October 2020

Together we can save lives


Media contacts

Kinanti Pinta Karana
Communications Specialist
UNICEF Indonesia
Tel: +62 8158805842


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