Global Handwashing Day 2012 was held in Sitio Una, Taguig City. In celebrating the 5th year of Global Handwashing Day, Safeguard encourages proper handwashing with soap after playtime through donation of the 1st sustainable playground with handwashing station.
In partnership of Safeguard, Unicef, Play Pilipinas, Procter and Gamble, Fit for School and the city government of Taguig, children and their moms gathered in this activity to commit the observance of proper handwashing.
This simple yet lifesaving act of hand washing with soap can reduce the incidence of diarrhea among children under five by more than 40 %, and respiratory infections by nearly 25 %.
Here’s the Five critical times for handwashing:
- Before eating
- Before handling food
- After using the toilet
- After handling your pets
- After playtime
Unicef’s Angela Travis shared the research studies with Global handwashing :
- 30% reduction of absenteesism due to diarrhea
- 40 % reduction on oral infection
- 50 % reduction on worm infestation