Liberia Celebrates Global Hand Washing Day

Liberia joined the rest of the world yesterday, Tuesday, October 15 to observe Global Hand Washing Day. The Day was observed under the theme: “Clean hands save lives”.

October 15 each year is observed and celebrated as Global Hand Washing Day; reminding everyone about the importance of hand washing through which various diseases can be prevented.

As part of Global Hand Washing Day, the Liberia WASH Consortium is encouraging Liberians to form a part of the campaign by sharing information on the health benefits of hand-washing.

The Liberia WASH consortium in the release, noted that washing hands with soap or ashes is one of the most effective and least expensive ways to prevent water borne diseases.

According to the Liberia WASH Consortium, hand washing with soap can help prevent diarrhea, pneumonia, and other diseases that prevent many children from reaching their 5th birthday.

“Children globally suffer disproportionately from diarrheal diseases-with more than 3.5 million children under five dying every year. The simple act of washing hands with soap/ashes can reduce the incidence of diarrhea rates among children under five by almost 50 percent, and respiratory infections by nearly 25 percent,” the Liberia WASH Consortium added.

The Liberia WASH Consortium also pointed out that together, soap/ashes and water form a formidable ally in efforts to combat a host of other illnesses, such as helminthes,(warms), eye infections like trachoma, and skin infections like impetigo.

Each year, over 200 million people are involved in Global Hand Washing celebrations in over 100 countries around the world.

Since the commencement of Global Hand Washing Day in 2008, designated as the International Year of Sanitation by the United Nations General Assembly, Global Hand Washing Day has been resounding and fortifying the call for enhanced hygiene practices worldwide.

The celebrations signify the yearly Global Hand Washing Day by pointing at expanding cognizance and comprehension about the imperativeness of hand washing with cleanser, as a viable and reasonable approach to avert ailments.

Hand-Washing with cleanser is the best and cheapest approach to forestall diarrheal ailments and pneumonia.

Kids going about as operators of progress, taking the exceptional practices of hygiene studied at school go into their homes and groups. The dynamic investment and association of youngsters, plus socially delicate neighborhood based mediations point at guaranteeing managed behavioral change.

The driving topic for Global Hand washing Day is kids and schools.

The Liberia Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Consortium was set up in 2007 as a response to the poor WASH access, lack of harmonization and coordination in the sector, insufficient national policy frameworks and weak government capacities in Liberia.

The Liberia WASH Consortium is a group of five International Non-governmental Organisations, working with the government of Liberia to increase access to water, sanitation and hygiene services in Liberia’s 15 counties.

It was formed in 2007 by Oxfam GB, Action Contre la Faim, Concern Worldwide, Tearfund and Solidarities’ (now replaced by WaterAid) after consultations with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Government of Liberia.

The Liberia WASH Consortium  strategic focus from 2007 to now is on the Provision of basic WASH services in rural and urban Liberia, National and local institutional capacity building for effective coordination and supervision, strengthening community structures and local actors for WASH facility sustainability, WASH policy and strategy development and Cholera preparedness and response, among others.