Tomorrow is Global Handwashing Day, a day aimed at raising awareness and educating those, particulralt children, on the importance of effective handwashing.
How many of us think ‘I’ll do it later on”, or “it’s not that important” after we’ve been to the toilet? Lots, I would imagine.
However, very few of us though would know the disastrous effects that the practice of not effectively washing your hands can have on the human body.
The first Global Handwashing Day was held in 2008, when over 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries.
Since 2008, community and national leaders have used Global Handwashing Day to spread the word about handwashing, build sinks and tippy taps, and demonstrate the simplicity and value of clean hands.
Each year, over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world. Global Handwashing Day is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organisations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals.
Earlier this week in Port Moresby, Colgate Palmolive, together with the Ted Diro Primary School near Murray Barracks in Port Moresby, launched an event in preparation for the day.
The event saw students learning about the importance of effective and thorough handwashing, and learning about when and how to wash your hands thoroughly.
Part of the awareness for the program being organised by Colgate Palmolie saw students creating their own Tippy Tap, an activity aimed at ensuring that handwashing can be seen as a fun, yet vital, activity.
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