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 10, 2018

Clean hands: a recipe for health long after a meal is over

Girl smiling while washing hands

If you’re reading this post, chances are you have grown up with the familiar injunction to wash our hands, especially before eating. But here’s something you may not know: clean hands are a recipe for health long after the meal is over, especially for children in poor communities who are most at risk of repeated diarrhea and other infections.

Increasingly, researchers are learning that for survivors of diarrheal illness, caused in large part by low awareness of healthy handwashing habits, the stakes are higher than ever. Repeated infections can take their toll, flattening the walls of the gut and blunting its ability to absorb the nutrients a child critically needs during the early years of brain and body growth.

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October 9, 2018

Hand Wash Behaviour Change in School-Aged Children

Female student using the SPATAP

Over the last few years, the awareness of a Hand Wash behaviour change has been a vital discussion topic. The ‘Hand-Wash Habit’ is critical to building healthy, prosperous communities.

Health literally starts with the hands being clean for day to day activities. To maintain this state of cleanliness, three essential elements are required.

A Functional TAP – Tap to be clean, easily operated, installed, and free from malfunction Running water  Soap – in a suitable ‘soap caddy’, to allow the soap to air dry naturally and free from contaminants.

Running water from the tap is required to wash away soap and contaminants. With these elements, effective hand wash habits are facilitated.

To form any habit, repetition is required and in water-scarce schools with no permanent plumbing […]

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October 8, 2018

What have we learned from 10 years of Global Handwashing Day?

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Global Handwashing Day was inaugurated by the Global Handwashing Partnership in 2008, as part of the International Year of Sanitation. Since then, it has been celebrated every October 15th. With 2018 as the 10th year of Global Handwashing Day, the Global Handwashing Partnership carried out a review of the day to understand some of the areas of impact around Global Handwashing Day.

We carried out a survey, key informant interviews, and a review of previous Global Handwashing Day reports. This review helped the Global Handwashing Partnership learn more about what celebrants have achieved with their work on Global Handwashing Day, where the limitations are, and how planners can get the most out of their events and campaigns.

Global Handwashing Day has allowed celebrants to make […]

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October 5, 2018

Tackling hygiene in hospitals with HappyTap

Demonstration of a HappyTap in a hospital

This article was originally posted on WaterSHED. Reposted with permission.

When we began to look at ways to improve hygiene in rural communities across the Mekong, our focus was on the household – how can we motivate families to wash their hands consistently? We designed the HappyTap – a portable sink that was developed with insights from Vietnamese and Cambodian mothers and tested in rural homes with young children. As more homes adopted the unique sink, we wanted to know if it could be used effectively in other contexts to tackle the hygiene crisis. In rural Cambodia, clinics and hospitals are often lacking sinks for both patients and healthcare workers to wash their hands. It’s a scenario […]

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