Global Handwashing Day – Raise a Hand for Hygiene
The power to save the lives of millions is in your hands. And theirs.
Today is Global Handwashing Day. It’s a day that is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of washing your hands. Hand washing with soap is an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
Each year, over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world.
Crest strongly believes in the development of education and training in the area of commercial cleaning that promote healthy and sustainable work environments.
Questions and Answers
What is Global Handwashing Day (GHD)?
Global Handwashing Day (GHD) was created by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing in 2008 to:
• Foster and support a global culture of hand washing with soap.
• Shine a spotlight on the state of hand washing in every country.
• Raise awareness about the benefits of hand washing with soap.
Why wash your hands with soap?
Hand washing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal 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, hand washing with soap is seldom practiced and difficult to promote.
Why the focus on children?
Global Handwashing Day focuses on children because not only do they suffer disproportionately from diarrheal and respiratory diseases and deaths, but research shows that children – the segment of society so often the most energetic, enthusiastic, and open to new ideas – can also be powerful agents for changing behaviours like hand washing with soap in their communities.