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Posted by Briana Smith on Oct 10, 2013 12:30:00 PM

Global Handwashing Day & Hand Hygiene Education

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By: Briana Smith  |  October 10, 2019

Global Handwashing Day is right around the corner, next week to be precise, on October 15th. Founded in 2008, Global Handwashing Day highlights the importance of good hand hygiene practices particularly focusing on children & schools. Their slogan is “Clean hands save lives” as many children around the world develop illnesses, such as diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, that can be prevented by washing their hands with soap and water.

One of the tools Kimberly-Clark Professional* uses as part of their The Healthy Schools Project* in promoting hand hygiene education for children in schools is glitter. The teacher puts a non-toxic glitter substance on a child’s hands and has them play with things for a short while. Afterwards, the class can find all of the objects and surfaces with the glitter, which shows them how easy germs can spread.

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Topics: hand hygiene, Global Handwashing Day