Global Handwash Day

global handwash day

Guitarmonk Social & SAF celebrated the Global HandWash day on 15th October 2015, held at North West MCD Primary School, Naharpur and Community Park, Naharpur, Delhi. Approximately 300 students & community women participated in the event to demonstrate the importance of proper handwashing.

Millions of children under the age of 5 years die from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the top two killers of young children. Handwashing is not only simple and inexpensive but cut the number of young children who get sick. It is said that Handwashing with soap could prevent about 1 out of every 3 kids of diarrheal illnesses and almost 1 out of 6 episodes of respiratory infection like pneumonia. This good habit will reduce the mortality rate among kids.

During the global handwash day event, a proper handwashing demo (with soap) was conducted as soap is the easiest available source. We also encouraged them to use less water because Parents of kids mentioned concern for losing their ground water level. The objective of using theGlobal Hand Wash Day is to create awareness among the under-privileged community children so that they can add this habit into their daily routine and be healthy said “Kapil Srivastava”

Handwashing habit with soap before eating and after using the toilet in young street children is projected to save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhoea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter. Handwashing is usually integrated together with other sanitation interventions as part of water, sanitation and hygiene programmes.

The event creatively explained the drawbacks of not doing hand wash as leading to –
1. Causing severe illness.
2. Stomach pains, loose stools, and sometimes nausea and vomiting.
3. Mild food poisoning if we don’t wash hands before eating, which can be dangerous to elderly people.
4. As bacteria are transmitted from hands, women need to wash their hands before cooking and serving food.
5. Cost of medicine, doctor’s fee and cost of other different type of tests.

At its guitar institutes, Guitarmonk also motivated the students to write creative blogs/stories for Handwashing and spreading this Hygiene facts to 10 people around them via social media and their local communities.

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