According to UNICEF, 1.4 million children do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday because of diarrhoea and pneumonia. Handwashing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent these diseases. Since 2008, WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund has supported over 20 million people with access to improved handwashing facilities.
Global Handwashing Day on Sunday, October 15 provides an opportunity to design, test and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times – in the community, in schools, in the workplace. It also provides the opportunity to alert decision-makers and opinion-formers to the importance of investing in this critical hygiene intervention.
To support global, regional and national GHD initiatives, WSSCC is pleased to share the following information:
After GHD, uploading details of events to the Global Handwashing Day website will contribute to global visibility. In addition, WSSCC requests that members and partners share information, photos and video of their initiatives to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Dr Elizabeth Wamera Most sanitation programmes, in their mission to change (un)hygienic behaviour, only in some cases attempt to shift gender roles and power dynamics between men and women at the household and community levels. As such, sanitation processes may inadvertently reinforce gender stereotypes relating to women’s socially prescribed care roles and intrinsic motivation […]
Handwashing with soap is an amazing tool to defeat diarrheal diseases, reduce newborn and child mortality, and much more.