[Health] Fwd: [schoolhealth] School hygiene gets a new champion for Global Handwashing Day

Chris Leonard cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com
Sun Oct 16 08:21:37 EDT 2011



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From: Peel, Francis <f.peel at imperial.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 5:59 AM
Subject: [schoolhealth] School hygiene gets a new champion for Global
Handwashing Day
To: schoolhealth <schoolhealth at imperial.ac.uk>

  Hello All,

This Saturday was Global Handwashing Day, calling attention to the millions
of people who lack access to basic hygiene and sanitation facilities. Simply
washing one’s hands with soap and water is among the most cost-effective
ways of preventing illnesses such as diarrhea and acute respiratory
infections that kill 2.3 million children every year.

 Washing hands with soap at critical moments – such as after using the
toilet or before handling food – is an easy and affordable intervention that
can reduce the incidence of diarrhoea among children under five by almost 50
per cent, and cut respiratory infections by as much as 25 per cent.

To mark the day around  200 million people and 700,000 schools in more than
70 countries participated in awareness-raising activities promoting
handwashing in their schools and communities. Joining this global movement
is the World Hygiene Programme, a new charity which focuses on fighting
preventable disease by promoting hygiene.

Find out more about the World Hygiene Programme <http://bit.ly/rs5lx9>

 If you are launching a new programme/event with a SHN component don't be
shy...share it with us.




*Francis Peel*

Website and Communications Officer

Partnership for Child Development

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Imperial College London

Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 3292 |  Skype francis.peel

www.schoolsandhealth.org | www.hgsf-global.org |

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