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Short-Term Interventions Address Health Care Facility Deficiencies

When responding to outbreaks of cholera, typhoid fever, Ebola virus, and other infectious diseases the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) often works with partners to improve drinking water safety and hygiene in health care facilities (HCFs). Typical engagements include distributing locally made, portable handwashing and drinking water stations; providing education; and supplying soap for handwashing and products for onsite chlorination of drinking water.

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Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day is an annual global campaign day celebrated October 15th. This day is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

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Webinar: Mums Magic Hands –Mum's Magic Hands. A Handwashing Promotion Programme for Emergency

Diarrhoeal disease is the second leading cause of death in children under five years old. Handwashing with soap can reduce the risk of diarrhoeal disease by up to 48% but knowledge of its importance for disease prevention is not always reflected in practice.

Oxfam, Unilever's Lifebuoy soap and Unilever's Chief Sustainability Office have developed Mum's Magic Hands, an interactive approach based on storytelling which uses field tested, emotional and health motivators to promote effective hand washing in communities affected by emergencies.  

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Wash'Em

Improving handwashing behaviour change programs in humanitarian crises. A software-based decision-making tool that will help humanitarian actors to design rapid, evidence-based and context-specific hygiene programs. Formative research tools, learning modules and practitioner resource guides.

Why Handwashing? Handwashing with soap can reduce diarrhoeal diseases by 48% and reduce the spread of outbreak-related diseases. In the aftermath of an emergency, about 40% of all deaths are due to diarrhoea – handwashing has the potential to make a lifesaving difference.

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#GlobalHandwashingDay 2018 Communications Toolkit

On Monday, October 15, join USAID and its partners in celebrating Global Handwashing Day. Now entering its 10th year, Global Handwashing Day increases awareness and understanding about the vital importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent the spread of illness and save lives.

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Water Currents: Global Handwashing Day 2018

Celebrate Global Handwashing Day (GHD) on October 15, 2018. Organized by the Global Handwashing Partnership, this important international advocacy day is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap (HWS). HWS is one of the most effective and affordable ways to prevent diarrhea and pneumonia––the leading causes of death for children under the age of 5.