The driving theme for Global Handwashing Day is children and schools, and the main objectives of this global celebration are:
• Foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap.
• Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in each country.
• Raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.
Although people around the world wash their hands with water, very few wash their hands with soap at the critical occasions. More handwashing with soap means lower rates of infectious disease: Clean Hands Save Lives!
Initiated in 2008 by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap, Global Handwashing Day is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies and individuals around the globe.
Our goal is to produce a range of activities focused on raising public awareness and engaging school children between the ages of 6 years – 11 years throughout Thailand.
We shall not be working alone and will source the support from the Government Agencies, Public & Private companies and the people of Thailand.
Why is handwashing so important?
Hand washing with soap is the single most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrhea and acute respiratory infections (ARI), as automatic behavior performed in homes, schools, and communities worldwide. Pneumonia, a major ARI, is the number one cause of mortality among children under five years old, taking the life of an estimated 1.8 million children per year. Diarrhea and pneumonia together account for almost 3.5 million child deaths annually.According to the official site from UNICEF, turning hand washing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit was projected to 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.
Here are some critical times to clean your hands:
Before and after meals and snacks
Before caring for young children
After touching a public surface
Before and after preparing food, especially raw meat, poultry, or seafood
After using the restroom
When hands are dirty
After touching animals
When you or someone around you is ill
Be a Partner in Supporting Global Handwashing Day
If you would like to support the Global Handwashing Day in Thailand please send us an email to the link below-