Celebrated annually on October 15, Global Handwashing Day (GH Day) is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
Handwashing with soap impacts not just health and nutrition, but also education, economics, and equity. As an organisation that is investing in human capital to ensure thriving individuals and communities, Higherlife Foundation participated in the global commemorations through its various social business units( SBUs).
In collaboration with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Ministry of Health, our SBU teams shared presentations across the three provinces of Masvingo, Manicaland and Matebeleland North educating learners on the benefits of handwashing with soap and advocating for the creation of a culture of handwashing with soap in the schools and their surrounding communities.
Back at the Higherlife Foundation Westgate offices, staff promoted handwashing by setting up a handwashing station where everyone had to wash their hands before going to their workstations. The health pillar teams were available to give information on the importance of handwashing and promoting the 2019 theme, which called for “Clean Hands for All.”
The 2019 theme followed the push to “leave no one behind” in the Sustainable Development agenda. Inequalities in handwashing facilities put individuals at higher risk for diseases that impact their health, education, and economic outcomes.”
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 then, the momentum of the initiative has grown with community and national leaders embracing Global Handwashing Day and using it to spread the word about handwashing in their areas of influence.
For more on this international day visit https://globalhandwashing.org/