Global Handwashing Day on October 15, 2011

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Global Handwashing Day on October 15, 2011
ISLAMABAD (Friday, October 14, 2011) : Millions of people in Pakistan and around the world will be observe Global Handwashing Day on 15th October which aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent disease.
This message is particularly vital for the 5.4 million people affected by the current monsoon flood emergency, many of whom are children at increased risk of contracting diseases like diarrhea.
A seminar in the capital will bring together 300 school children and teachers from Islamabad and Rawalpindi, along with representatives from Government, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, civil society and academia to stress the significance of handwashing with the theme `Clean Hands Save Lives’. Similar events will be held in other parts of the country.
The first-ever Global Handwashing Day will take place on Wednesday, October 15, 2008. The UN General Assembly has designated 2008 the International Year of Sanitation, and Global Handwashing Day will echo and reinforce its call for improved hygiene practices.
Global Handwashing Day will be the centerpiece of a week of activities that will mobilize millions of people in more than 20 countries across five continents to wash their hands with soap.
WHO’s Clean Care is Safer Care programme is concerned with improving hand hygiene everywhere in the world where health care is delivered.
In fact, over 3.5 million children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia caused by germs.
One simple way to help stop the spread of germs is to raise awareness of the importance of washing your hands with soap and water.
The idea was to help educate children about the importance of washing with soap and water and encourage them to do it at home, at school and in their communities.
The theme for Global Handwashing Day’s inaugural year was Focus on School Children. The members pledged to get the maximum number of school children handwashing with soap in more than 70 countries.
On this day, more than 200 million children from 100 countries will observe Global Handwashing Day. In Pakistan, doctors visit schools and show cartoons to promote handwashing.

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