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Global Handwashing Day 2013

While handwashing is the most effective and affordable way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections in developing countries, it is seldom practiced and difficult to promote.
While handwashing is the most effective and affordable way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections in developing countries, it is seldom practiced and difficult to promote.

Few know that 6.9 million children under the age of 5 die each year due to diarrhea and pneumonia. This statistic is astounding. However, handwashing with soap is an incredibly effective and inexpensive intervention which can cut pneumonia by 45 percent and diarrhea by 50 percent. By educating people about this simple intervention, millions of children will have the opportunity to grow up healthier and attend school, maintain jobs, and have families!

On Tuesday, October 15th, Plan International engaged in numerous activities all over the world to celebrate Global Handwashing Day!

Through its country programs, Plan worked closely with schools, communities, and governments, on both the national and local level, to promote the overwhelming impact of handwashing with soap, particularly on health and education. Youth participated in a range of interactive activities, including handwashing demonstrations where they learned the proper techniques and frequency for washing their hands. Teachers, students, community members and local Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) committee members hosted games, competitions, debates and creative writing activities—all reinforcing the importance of handwashing with soap.

Check out the photos from our Global Handwashing Day activities, below!