News Archive 2012

Global Handwashing Day 2012

For the fifth consecutive year, on Monday October 15 2012, millions of people across the world will celebrate Global Handwashing Day aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent disease.

This year we have much to celebrate. In 2011, 600 000 fewer children under five died than in 2008, the first year Global Handwashing Day was celebrated. Handwashing with soap has an important role to play in child survival and health. One of the most cost-effective interventions, simply handwashing with soap can reduce the incidence of diarrhoea among children under five by almost 50 percent, and respiratory infections by nearly 25 percent.

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