Global Hand-washing Day spreads awareness

Global Hand-washing Day spreads awarenessMore than 200 million children, teachers, celebrities, parents and government officials will wash their hands on third annual ‘Global Hand-washing Day’, with an aim to have more than just clean hands.

More than just a day is the theme of Global Hand-washing Day this year and making hand washing a regular habit after the sunsets on October 15 is what the day will aim for.

It is being ensured by Global Hand-washing Day partners that communities and schools have the needed support to make this practice a routine and are also promoting this behavioral change by organizing activities in more than 80 countries.

New tools to help developing countries transform handwashing from a distracted daily act to a positive habit are being rolled out by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Hand-washing with Soap.

For deaths of more than 3.5 million children who are les than five years of age, diarrheal diseases and acute respiratory infections are responsible.

National GHD activities in Islamabad in the presence of various government officials will be launched by Federal Minister for environment Hameedullah Afridi and others present would be representatives of UNDP, UNICEF, WHO, UN-HABITAT and WASH teachers and two students each from area schools.