15 October is Global Handwashing Day, an annual campaign celebrated globally to raise awareness on the importance of hand hygiene and also motivate good personal hygiene practices as it is a key approach to disease prevention.
The Global Handwashing Day theme for this year is “Our hands, our future!” – to remind us that handwashing protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world. Reiterating the benefits of good hand hygiene, as well as fostering access to and improving hygiene facilities, will help us work towards a future to better the health of our communities.
The danger that lies behind poor hand hygiene can lead to the spread of common illnesses such as flu, cold, stomach issues, and headaches. Besides direct contamination, illnesses can be spread through cross contamination resulting in severe epidemic or even pandemic outbreaks including Hepatitis A and E, Influenza and typhoid fever that could be fatal.