The first ever Global Handwashing Day took place on 15th October 2008. 73 countries around the world, were involved in the activities. The focus on the day was on children, as they suffer the most from diseases spread by poor hygiene. The day was instigated by the Public Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap, and many different organisations worldwide gave their support. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is the convening institution for the UK, which meant that we coordinate the UK activities.
Global Handwashing Day will be on 15th October again this year, and it was decided that even more emphasis would be put on children.
If you want to be involved in the day, or would like advice in planning your own activities, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the day Globally, go to http://www.globalhandwashingday.org/, where you can also download the official Planner’s Guide for advice about planning your own Global Handwashing Day activities.
To see what is happening for Global Handwashing Day in the UK this year, go to http://www.globalhandwashingday.org.uk/
Dirty Hands Study. We swabbed commuters’ hands outside bus stations in five major UK cities. The results were shocking: a quarter of commuters sampled had faecal bacteria on their hands; more men had contaminated hands the further north we sampled, more bus users showed contamination compared to train users.
The results attracted a lot of media attention, and the story was the most read story on the BBC website for over 24 hours. The results from the study will soon appear in the Journal of Epidemiology and Infection in a paper by Gaby Judah, Peter Donachie, Emma Cobb, Wolf-Peter Schmidt, Mark Holland and Val Curtis.
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