October 15th, 2016 is Global Handwashing Day! To help spread the word about hygiene and make handwashing a habit, every order over $10.00 will include a free bar of soap!
Gift your free bar to a friend, family member, or co-worker and Make handwashing a habit!
For handwashing to be effective it must be practiced consistently at key times, such as after using the toilet or before contact with food. Habits must be developed over time, and this year’s Global Handwashing Day of focused on emphasizing the importance of handwashing as a ritual behavior for long-term sustainability.
The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW) will be tweeting before, during, and after Global Handwashing Day so be sure to follow @HandwashingSoap for the latest updates.
A few key points being made this year include:
Handwashing can help fight undernutrition, keep kids healthy and in school, and save lives. But, to achieve these benefits, handwashing must be practiced at key times—such as before eating and after using the toilet.
Each year, there are 1.7 billion cases of childhood diarrhea. Diarrhea may be a minor inconvenience in some places, but in many countries it kills. But there is good news! The simple act of handwashing with soap can reduce the risk of diarrheal disease by up to 47%, but only if it’s done consistently.
Each year 242 million school days are missed due to diarrhea. A good handwashing habit can help keep students healthy and ready to learn.
One gram of poop can have 1,000,000,000,000 germs living on it!!
Handwashing reduces the spread of harmful germs that are transmitted through food. Handwashing with soap before preparing and eating a meal helps keep yourself and others healthy and safe.
An estimated 15% of patients globally develop one or more infections in hospitals. According to @WHO and @UNICEF, only 65% of hospitals in low & middle income countries have access to soap and water! Strengthening healthcare systems through good hand hygiene can help keep patients safe during medical procedures.
You can learn more about handwashing, find tools for handwashing promotion, and read the latest in academic research at the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing.