Today marks the 7th anniversary of Global Handwashing Day, held on the 15th October each year. Founded by the Global Private Partnership for Handwashing in 2008, the day is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap. The campaign stretches across the world, focusing on both developed and third world countries.
Although such a simple concept, washing hands with soap is an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and to save lives, particularly in poorer countries where hygiene and sanitation is a real issue. Each year there are 1.7 billion cases of childhood diarrhoea*, and whilst this may be a minor inconvenience in some places, in many countries it kills.
Global Handwashing Day provides a platform to target communities and national leaders, to help draw attention to the need for better hand hygiene facilities.
Even in the UK there is still a long way to go to ensure that people improve and maintain hand hygiene, especially in regards to providing access to suitable facilities in homes, schools and public places. Making sure people can wash their hands in these places means that we can improve health, development and equity.
Keri Reynolds, Sales and Marketing Manager, comments- “At Pink Hygiene we provide a complete range of hand care products and services to help to improve hygiene in washrooms, from soaps and sanitisers, to hand dryers and paper towels. It’s vital to remember though that for people promoting and encouraging hand washing practices, particularly in the workplace, it doesn’t just include providing the hygiene facilities. Behavioural change is a crucial component of making hand washing a habit, so this area needs to be considered too.”
For tips on how you can encourage better hand hygiene practices in your establishment, visit www.globalghandwashing.org. You can also visit http://www.pinkhygiene.co.uk/products-and-services-2/hand-care for information on Pink Hygiene’s hand care product range.