Today is the Second Annual Global Handwashing Day!

Second annual Global Handwashing Day: Spread the word and not the germs



UNICEF: The Wiggles support Global Handwashing Day 2009



Every day approximately 4,000 children, under the age of five die from diarrheal diseases. Hand washing with soap and water is one of the most affordable and effective health interventions helping reduce diarrheal related deaths by almost half and acute respiratory diseases by about 25 per cent.

The promotion of hand washing with soap is also a key strategy for controlling the spread of the H1N1 virus and is a major focus of GHD in many countries this year.
15 October marks the second annual Global Handwashing Day (GHD) being celebrated in over 80 countries around the world through a variety of activities involving millions of children and adults of all ages.

The popular Australian children’s entertainers, The Wiggles, have once again partnered with UNICEF to help raise awareness around importance of washing your hands with soap.
They have created a music video, which demonstrates to kids the proper way to wash their hands with soap and they do it in a fun and playful way that children can remember! The PSA can be viewed here at: http://www.globalhandwashingday.org/GHD_Video.asp.

The direct involvement of children instills a sense of empowerment and ownership in them ultimately making behaviours, such as handwashing with soap, stick for a lifetime.
Young children are most vulnerable to the ill effects of unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and hygiene. The Convention on the Rights of the Child states that every child has the right to the “highest attainable standard of health” – children can only be healthy if they have access to safe water, adequate sanitation and hygiene and handwashing is a key foundation of child health.
Last year over 80 countries participated in GHD activities, with about 200 million children washing their hands with soap and water. Activities ranged from school events and contests, government outreach initiatives, SMS messaging, photo exhibits, and celebrity involvement.
This year, again, Global Handwashing Day is being celebrated around the world with renewed enthusiasm.

Some highlights include:
  • Nepal: Planning a host of activities including, the promotion of handwashing within the health institutions, and the development of a Teej festival song with handwashing with soap messages.
  • Japan: Has developed an international handwashing dance to raise awareness both in Japan and beyond.
  • Cote d'Ivoire: Training of restaurant workers on handwashing techniques and prevention of H1N1. Production and broadcast spots on handwashing.
  • China: GHD celebrations in 10 counties in Sichuan Province. TV spots on GHD and H1N1 virus. Official government letter sent from the provincial level for GHD.
  • Guatemala: Media education programmes to be broadcast on 12 channels. Joint action with the Ministry of Health and Education in schools.
  • Mali: Field visits by journalists in two regions. Practical handwashing demonstrations in 336 schools. TV spots and radio transmissions.

Global Handwashing Day is an initiative of the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap, and is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies and individuals worldwide.

For more information please visit the Global Handwashing Day website: www.globalhandwashingday.org !



*This is solely the opinion of Life In A House Of Blue.*

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2 Comments --- Post Comment:

  1. Fashionable Earth said...

    yes ! we wrote about it as well. wash your hands with soap, kids: http://fashionableearth.org/blog/2009/10/15/global-handwashing-day/

  2. Rob said...

    Shae LOVES to wash her hands so today is for her. LOL

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