Global Handwashing Day 2018


October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. This year’s theme focuses on the links between handwashing and food – including food hygiene and nutrition. This online hub serves as a conversational space that curates, collects, and maintains resources, blogs, and content for Global Handwashing Day. LEARN MORE


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October 25, 2018

Calls to Action for Integrated Advocacy for Global Handwashing Day

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The intersection of handwashing with soap and household meal time is the cornerstone of this year’s Global Handwashing Day.  Handwashing with soap is an integral component of food hygiene, a system of hygienic practices that keep food safe and prevent food-related illnesses, including diarrheal diseases. Food hygiene also comprises several other important aspects, such as: keeping utensils and dishes clean, properly storing and reheating food, boiling water and milk where needed, and thoroughly cooking food.[1]

Globally, handwashing with soap is one of the most important public health interventions, impacting health, nutrition, education, equity, and the economic development of countries. To scale up the wins in handwashing coverage, there is a need for integrated, harmonized advocacy for hand hygiene with related […]

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October 24, 2018

Sisters of Solidarity in Nigeria: the MamaCare Midwives Family

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The article was originally posted on the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Newsletter. Reposted with permission.

Every pregnancy is unique. Every delivery is unique. Every child is unique. This awareness is commonplace amongst midwives across the world who work to empower and educate pregnant women and babies, and to one another as healthcare providers and advocates for reproductive and maternal health. In the context of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa’s (WBFA) MamaCare Midwifery team – comprised of Mrs Patricia Komolafe, Rita Momoh and Eunice Akhigbe – this empowerment is at the core of their roles.

Based in Nigeria, the MamaCare midwives are a unified trio with complementing strengths – a sisterhood of solidarity who support one another in their shared […]

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October 23, 2018

Everyone is a winner when it comes to handwashing

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The simple act of hand washing with soap at critical times such as before eating and after using the toilet can decrease preventable diseases like diarrhea up to 48%. Quite simply, handwashing with soap can save lives, and make children healthy learners and productive citizens!

East Meets West Foundation/Thrive Networks are implementing a multi-year program on deworming and school-based hygiene in Vietnam. The program aims to reduce worm re-infestation rates of soil-transmitted helminths by combining deworming mass drug administration with carefully tailored hygiene messages along with the construction of handwashing facilities with soap. Thus, the government saves money and keeps kids healthier in schools.

To promote good hygiene and sanitation in schools, a competition was launched in four provinces by Vietnam’s Environmental Health Agency (VIHEMA) […]

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October 22, 2018

Clean hands – a recipe for health: linking hand hygiene and food hygiene

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This article was originally posted on WaterAid’s website. Reposted with permission.

Seven in ten cases of diarrhoea in developing countries may be food-borne, with devastating effects on health and development. So why is food hygiene often left out of hygiene promotion? What is the link between food hygiene and hand hygiene? Om Prasad Gautam, WaterAid UK’s Senior WASH Manager for Hygiene, explains the why and how of changing behaviours – and what you can do to help. Clean hands – recipe for health. Why is food hygiene so important?

Food hygiene could be one of the biggest problems left to solve in development. Handwashing with soap before eating, feeding children or preparing food; thorough cooking and re-heating; clean serving utensils; […]

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