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The Global Hygiene Summit 2023

by Public Health Update


The world’s first Global Hygiene Summit intends to become the global meeting place for the diverse audiences involved in hygiene. Through the provision of greater context to this, currently, fragmentary field and through the development of clearly defined boundaries the Global Hygiene Summit will articulate the shape, scope and importance of the hygiene field, motivate multi-level and multi-disciplinary working by bridging epidemiology, behaviour and policy. In doing so it intends to gain consensus on how to effectively measure behavioural change (ROI), and economic impact and how to present this to engage policymakers. By establishing the need and basis for a holistic, co-ordinated approach the Global Hygiene Summit will create clarity around hygiene and the positive impact that could be gained in global health and societal outcomes. 

Established towards the end of 2020 with the mission of enabling and accelerating a portfolio of hygiene science to improve public health through better outcomes and behaviours the Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute (RGHI) will organize the world’s first Global Hygiene Summit in Singapore on 15th and 16th February 2023 and raise hygiene, and the role it plays in our health, up the public health agenda.

Summit Aims and Outputs

It will bring together scientists, politicians, the private sector and civil society to generate impact through the intersection between health and hygiene ~ which is vital to safeguarding the physical and economic wellbeing of populations worldwide, both amid COVID-19 and beyond.  

RGHI is focussed on plugging significant gaps in the health research space and improving access to information that will bridge epidemiology, public health, and behaviour change. The Global Hygiene Summit will align with this aim by informing the global health agenda stimulating discussion that could lead to the adoption of better and more sustainable hygienic practises globally.

In addition to these learnings, the Global Hygiene Summit 2023 will motivate the [Singapore] Declaration; a guide for structural change that will be brought about by co-discussion and global co-operation and set the agenda for future change.

Topics and Themes

The Global Hygiene Summit will consider three main topics:

  • What is Hygiene and what role can it play in improving public health?
  • The Global burden of preventable hygiene-related diseases
  • Synthesizing Lessons towards an Actionable Plan for Global Hygiene

These topics will be viewed, and debated through the perspective of the following themes:

  • Science
  • Practice
  • Policy

Delegate Registration

Registration for the Global Hygiene Summit 2023 is now open.

On registering you will be asked to create an account.

In addition to registering to attend the Summit, you will be able to choose breakout sessions, book accommodationregister for Partner Programme activities and request assistance with letters for visa applications.

Once registered, you will receive notifications when additional elements (such as confirmed breakout sessions or Partner Programme activities) become available to book.

The Global Hygiene Summit will have a limited number of opportunities for individuals wishing to be sponsored to attend the event.

Global Hygiene Summit 2023 Declaration
The Global Hygiene Summit intends to work towards actionable outcomes

To this end the Global Hygiene Summit 2023 will endorse the GHS Declaration; a guide for structural change, with commitments to improve hygiene behaviours and institute systems changes, which will be brought about by co-discussion and global co-operation and set the agenda for future change.

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