Handwashing with soap is the single most cost-effective health intervention. It is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which takes the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. A $3.35 investment in handwashing brings the same health benefits as an $11.00 investment in latrine construction, a $200.00 investment in household water supply, and an investment of thousands of dollars in immunization.
As such, Global Handwashing Day will be the centerpiece of a week of activities that will mobilize millions of people in more than 80 countries across all five continents to wash their hands with soap. This year's focus will be on schools and children. Often children are the most susceptible to risks brought about by poor hygiene and lack of access to sanitation. However, they are also the most enthusiastic and open to new ideas, making campaigns promoting behavioral change easier to effect and more successful in the long term.
Join us as we celebrate Global Handwashing Day at the Sta. Ana Elementary School in Sta. Ana, Manila.