The Global Handwashing Day (GHD) on October 15 is 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. Every year in this regard, GHD is celebrated with events, campaigns/Walks, and Handwashing programmes around the Globe.
Global Handwashing Day was founded in 2008 by the Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP). The GHP and its partner organizations encourage everyone to join this celebration; and to contribute to healthy, prosperous communities through Handwashing with soap, both on Global Handwashing Day and beyond October 15.
On October 15th, hundreds of millions of people around the world celebrate Global Handwashing Day. Handwashing with soap is an effective way to prevent disease but still is not practiced as often or as thoroughly as it should be.
This year’s theme is ‘Our Hands, Our Future’, highlighting how the benefits of Handwashing go beyond protecting one’s own health. Good Handwashing can prevent disease outbreaks, reduce school absences, and improve healthcare outcomes. Despite these benefits, Handwashing with soap is practiced too rarely, and the results are tragic. Every year, 1.4 million children die from diarrhea or pneumonia. Infections cause 15% of newborn deaths. Handwashing with soap is an effective way to prevent these losses.
In fact, simple Handwashing with soap at critical times—such as after using the toilet or before eating—can reduce the incidence of diarrhea among children under five by nearly half and respiratory infections by approximately 25%. Good hygiene is necessary for good nutrition, particularly for children, and to prevent the spread of common diseases like colds and flu. For everyone, Handwashing with soap is a simple, but critical, way to remove barriers to education and productivity.
Global Handwashing Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of Handwashing, and encourage action to promote and sustain Handwashing habits. To encourage Handwashing every day, organizations and communities can ensure access to Handwashing stations with soap, provide education on the importance of Handwashing, and motivate people to wash their hands to ensure a healthy future.
In the same manner, the WASH Unit, LG&RD Department Gilgit-Baltistan organized the Global Handwashing Day 2018 in consultation and collaboration with the Department of Education Gilgit-Baltistan and Local Council Board Gilgit-Baltistan at Sir Syed Government Higher Secondary School Gilgit.
Awareness lectures/sessions in connection with Global Handwashing Day were delivered by PD WASH, President Teachers Association GB, Principal sb, AD LCB GB and other heads of line departments. The services and close coordination of Local Council Board Gilgit-Baltistan in this regard were outstanding and appreciable. We are very grateful to all the LCB Officers/officials especially the Director LCB, Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmad for his cooperation and coordination along with the whole LCB staff, to promote Health and Hygiene in GB and to celebrate GHD 2018.