Adani Foundation celebrates ‘Global Handwashing Day’ among periphery students

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Dhamra: Today, Adani Foundation organises an interactive session at Gram Panchayat High School at Jagula in which more than 250 students participated. Added to this around 5000 students from 50 periphery schools are also be part of this celebration initiated by Adani Foundation to celebrate this Global Handwashing Day. On this occasion, Project SuPoshanSanginis also demonstrate the process of proper hand washing in houses of Sever Acute Malnourished Child in periphery villages.

October 15 is marked as the Global Handwashing Day, a day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), over 1.5 million children under the age of five die each year as a result of diarrhoea. It is the second most common cause of child deaths worldwide. Handwashing with soap at critical times (including before eating or preparing food and after using the toilet) can reduce this risk by more than 40 per cent.

Since 2008, Global Handwashing Day is celebrated with a specific theme. The first theme for Global Handwashing Day was ‘School Children’ and this year it is “Clean Hands for All”.

Handwashing with soap has been cited as one of the most cost-effective interventions to prevent deadly diseases. UNICEF states that many studies have shown that handwashing in institutions such as primary schools and day care centres reduce the incidence of diarrhoea by an average of 30 per cent.

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