Globally, handwashing, especially with soap, is rarely practised as often as it needs to be, which is quite ironic, as doing so can help prevent numerous health-related issues, some even life-threatening. Given the state of affairs and growing health concerns all over the world, it is essential that governments, the private sector, civil society, and other stakeholders work together to promote handwashing, especially with soap.
Promoting Creative Ways to Instil the Habit
Every year, October 15 is observed as Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. The day is an opportunity to design, test and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.
A Global Mission for a Healthier World
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, handwashing with soap and water has been an important measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus with heightened focus for its cross-cutting impacts on reducing the transmission of other diseases. GHD 2022 is an apt platform to continue the gains of improved handwashing behaviours and sustain them.
Global Handwashing Day envisages saving children’s lives and improving health by promoting handwashing with soap and water. The learnings from the past year have emphasised the need for collective action to address the historic neglect of hand hygiene investments, policies, and programs once and for all.
Let’s “Unite for Universal Hand Hygiene”
The 2022 Global Handwashing Day (GHD) theme is “Unite for Universal Hand Hygiene”. Joint action and collaboration are essential for successful and sustainable hand hygiene strategies. This year’s theme calls for governments, donors, businesses, institutions, researchers, and advocates to unite in action to achieve the goal of hand hygiene for all.
On behalf of CARE India, GHD 2022 is celebrated in various states, with various initiatives such as establishment of Hand Washing Stations, Promoting IEC material, and different activities in AWCs and Schools.
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