Significance of Proper Hand Washing Daily

Observe 15th October as Global Hand Washing Day worldwide. 

Facts about global hand washing day.

If we trace back the history, it reveals 1st Global hand washing Day was observed in the year 2008. 

By Mahmood Hussain, dated 14th October, 2016, the article is written for   BABY FIRST PAKISTAN and on Facebook.babyfirstPakistan and other social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter and so on. Writer Mahmood Hussain is from Karachi Pakistan

On the day of 15th October, 2008 more than 200 million children washed their hand with soap around the world. This activity was held and recorded in 70 countries globally at that time. 

From this date and year 2008 onward the handwashing Day was regularly observed in all five continents. Good news is that this program of Global Handwashing Day was supported by the community, national leader and celebrities. This has led to spread the word about hand washing around the world. Secondly this led to practically demonstrate how easily we can clean our hand and what’s it significance in our daily and routine healthy living. 

From 2008 onward this day was observed each year worldwide in more than 100 countries in which more than 200 million people participate. 

Now the Global Handwashing day is fully supported and endorsed by general public specially the children, Government, civil societies, NGOs, celebrities, the corporates and organizations. 

The Global Handwashing Day is worldwide observed each year on 15th October with full zeal and zest. All the activities are held with an objective to increase awareness and make understand the importance of proper handwashing along with soap each time in a day. 

This is an easy and effective method to prevent infection which means safeguard ourselves from infection and even safe lives. This method is economical and highly effective  

Make Hand Washing a Habit.

The theme for the year 2016 on Global Hand Washing Day is “Make Hand Washing a Habit”.

To learn proper and effective hand washing technique this must be practice routinely and on day to day basis regularly. This means hand washing technique to be practice regularly, such as after using toilet and before or after we come in contact with food or eat food with our hand which is common practice in Indo-Pakistan. This is to be term as habit and the hand washing should be practice as per advice by expert on day to day basis. The guideline / technique to be practice as ritual for long terms effectiveness and to provide protection against germs.

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This day was founded and flourished with the collaboration of Global Public-Private partnership for hand washing. 

This has clear objective and working with the mission to design, test and demonstrate method of proper hand washing. Secondly also to promote and encourage people to wash their hand with soap at needed and critical times while during the entire day.

Hand washing Day is designed to:

  • To teach technique to the people and especially children. 
  • We fully support to develop the culture of hand washing with soap.
  • Raise awareness globally in respect to the benefits of proper hand washing with soap.
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This year on Friday morning of October 14th children from all over USA are trying to set world record of handwashing at the same time. They will also to register in Guinness world record that highest number of school going children washing their hands at given time. This fun activity will demonstrate, endorse, enforce and nurture a culture of proper handwashing along with soap.  This habit formation will be the most effective way and also economical method to prevent infection which may appear in the form diarrhea, stomach upset and chest infection such as bronchitis and pneumonia.     

The basic principal applied for hand washing along with soap is universal. Hand washing with soap is listed as the most effective and inexpensive method to prevent us from infection. Whereas mostly still people wash their hands with water only. It is noted very few people wash their hand with soap and water after they use toilet, before and after eating or handling food and cleaning baby.

Proper hand washing in routine practice will prevent the death especially among the children below 5 years from diarrhea and chest infection such as bronchitis and pneumonia.   It is reported each year more than 3.5 million children die before they reach the age of 5 years. It is due to the incidence of diarrhea and pneumonia. The incidence of these infection can be prevented if we adopt the habit and teach people to properly wash their hands along with soap. This will ensure save most of the children life. The fact is still opposite till to date. 

We all have to work effectively in the communities to promote proper hand washing with soap 

Universal challenge:

Till to date the real challenge is to make a routine of washing hands with soap among the masses. Idea is excellent but it needed to be transform and practically adopted. It should become a universal habit whether we are at work, home, in school, in family or community gathering.

Promoting actively the concept of proper handwashing would make all of us to set our objectives of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) by 2030.  Ultimate objective is to make this planet more live able and healthy for all inhabitants.  Very important is to reduce the incidence of child mortality by half in case of child suffering diarrhea and pneumonia. 

We all should actively work to mobilize the available resource with the objective to educate people to properly wash their hands with soap for two minutes, whenever its need is felt, which has been discussed in detail in the above paragraphs.

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ABOUT Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

Celebrated annually on October 15, Global Handwashing Day was founded by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing, and is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.

Global Handwashing Day is designed to:

  • Foster and support a global and local culture of hand washing with soap
  • Shine a spotlight on the state of hand washing around the world
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of hand washing with soap

The first Global Hand washing 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 Hand washing Day to spread the word about hand washing, 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 Hand washing Day is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals.

The 2016 Global Handwashing Day theme is “Make Handwashing a Habit!” For handwashing to be effective it must be practiced consistently at key times, such as after using the toilet or before contact with food. While habits must be developed over time, this theme emphasizes the importance of handwashing as a ritual behavior for long-term sustainability. Habit formation is currently a hot topic in behavior change and the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector. This theme taps into that interest and is also a gateway to discussing what the sector knows about how habits are formed.

No matter what your role, you can celebrate Global Handwashing Day. This website is the central repository for all the tools necessary to make your event a success!

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These resources aim to help you learn more, find out how you can participate, and prepare to have a fantastic Global Handwashing Day, wherever you are in the world.

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Students of the Americas Try to Establish World Record for Simultaneous Handwashing

On Friday 15 October—Global Handwashing Day—children all over the Americas will try to establish the Guiness World Record for the highest number of students washing their hands at the same time. It’s a fun way to foster a culture of handwashing with soap, a habit that is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia.Since its inception in 2008—which was designated as the International Year of Sanitation by the UN General Assembly—Global Handwashing Day has been echoing and reinforcing the call for improved hygiene practices worldwide.The guiding vision of Global Handwashing Day is a local and global culture of handwashing with soap. Although people around the world wash their hands with water, very few wash their hands with soap at critical moments (for example, after using the toilet, while cleaning a child, and before handling food).Handwashing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, which together are responsible for the majority of child deaths. Every year, more than 3.5 million children1 do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday because of diarrhea and pneumonia. Yet, despite its lifesaving potential, handwashing with soap is seldom practiced and not always easy to promote.About Global Handwashing DayThe challenge is to transform handwashing with soap from an abstract good idea into an automatic behavior performed in homes, schools, and communities worldwide. Turning handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter.More handwashing with soap would make a significant contribution to meeting the Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths among children under the age of five by two-thirds by 2015. Global Handwashing Day will be the centerpiece of a week of activities that will mobilize millions of people across five continents to wash their hands with soap.More Information:PAHO site for Global Handwashing Day 2010Global Handwashing Day official site
For more information please contact:Ms. Johanna Lakhisaran, Technical Officer,  PAHO/WHO Suriname at tel. nr. 471676, ext 224 or

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