Global Handwashing Day

Today is Global Handwashing Day!

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“The guiding vision of Global Handwashing Day is a local and global culture of handwashing with soap. Although people around the world wash their hands with water, very few wash their hands with soap at the critical occasions.”

There even is a dedicated website for this cause with further information on why we actually need a Global Handwashing Day:

“Handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. Together, they are responsible for the majority of all child deaths. Yet, despite its lifesaving potential, handwashing with soap is seldom practiced and difficult to promote. (…) A vast change in handwashing behavior is critical to meeting the Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths among children under the age of five by two-thirds by 2015.”

Have you already washed your hands with soap today?

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  1. Frst of all let me say that I am very grateful for your mantanng of ths blog – santaton s GREATLY avoded.

    Thank you for shnng a lght on these often underestmated and even more often unknown lls. Dseases lke pneumona, darrhea, and tuberculoss kll chldren n masses every day – and t’s sad to know that a few smple hygenc actons could prevent so much death.

  2. H Jke,

    thanks for puttng the nfo on the Handwashng Day – I thought about dong so too… Especally snce I am qute mpressed of how well they acheved to get press on board – I have not seen that IYS had a smlar effect regardng awareness rasng concernng santaton… Concluson: Santaton has stll a lot to learn n PR

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