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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Global Handwashing Day 2014

Today is Global Handwashing Day and the theme for 2014 is 'Clean hands Save lives'. GHD is a campaign targeted at teaching and encouraging millions around the world on the importance of washing their hands with soap. This habit if adapted by many will save several lives and aid disease control and prevention.

Handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrhea and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. Together, they are responsible for the majority of all child deaths. Yet, despite its lifesaving potential, handwashing with soap is seldom practiced and difficult to promote.

Turning handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter. To you our dear parents, please teach and encourage your children and wards to wash their hands regularly with soap, before meals, after meals and after using the toilet. Clean hands Save lives

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