Global Handwashing Day
You might think it is disgusting to not wash your hands after you go to the toilet. But, you would be shocked at how many people do not wash their hands every day. Global Handwashing Day is a day when millions of people worldwide practice good hygiene. Let’s learn more about this important hygienic holiday!
The Global Handwashing Partnership created this campaign in 2008 to encourage people to wash their hands more often. The UN General Assembly promoted this day when the first event was held during World Water Week in Stockholm.
World Water Week, a global conference covering water issues and sustainable development, is held every week for a week. Global Handwashing Day’s focus was on school children. Global advocacy day was a success with more than 120 million children participating in hand washing in over 70 countries.
India was one of the biggest participants in that year’s tournament. Sachin Tendulkar, a cricket legend, and his team joined around 100 million children from schools across India to lather up for better hygiene and health.
Their website states that over 100 million people take part in the event each year in more than 100 countries. It is also endorsed by various government institutions and organizations in order to encourage better hand washing.
GHP uses innovative ways to encourage people to use soap to clean their hands. They also continue to research human behavior throughout the day. A study by Lancet Infectious Diseases journal found that hand care can lower the mortality rate for respiratory diseases by 25%, and can help to reduce diarrheal disease rates by 50%. This is just from washing your hands with soap.
It is possible to reduce the risk of getting sick by washing your hands after eating or going to the toilet. You can encourage others to wash their hands throughout the day by washing them. You can also hashtag #globalhandwashingday on social media and look up statistics of how handwashing can easily prevent infectious diseases and share that information with your friends.