On the 15th of October 2018, we celebrated Global Handwashing Day for the tenth time since inception in 2008. Founded by the Global Handwashing Partnership, communities across the world got together to share hand washing best practice under the theme “Clean hands – a recipe for health.”
If you’ve been a subscriber to our blog for a while, you will know that at Initial we are passionate about hand hygiene and that we have written about the subject at length. There are, however, a lot of other organisations that produced fantastic material to celebrate Global Handwashing Day, and I wanted to share some of my personal favourites.
It’s always a pleasure to see our South African Government mobilise to assist and educate communities. The Department of Water and Sanitation is running their Sanitation Campaign from 01 October-30 November 2018 to include Global Handwashing Day and World Toilet Day (commemorated on 19 November).
Initial conducted research to study the handwashing habits of 14 families across Malaysia, France, the UK, South Africa, and Spain. The families’ hands were swab tested twice a day, before breakfast and dinner. The results were insightful and highlighted the importance of washing your hands, especially before mealtimes. Got to the article to learn more about Initial’s findings.
Claire Hubert’s awareness piece about the great work USAID is doing around the world is inspiring. From Kenya to Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the message around the power of good hand hygiene habits is being received globally!
I might be biased but I love Initial’s global resource page around handwashing. From infographics to studies and videos, this is a great hub from which to draw information.
I love Global Handwashing Day as is helps us to pause and appreciate the power of good hand hygiene practices (even if it is on an annual basis). But I would like to encourage you to continue to spread the word and educate as many people as you can 365 days a year. After all, you could save a life!
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