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Global Handwashing Day – Spread the messages, not the germs

Paul Jakeway
October 09, 2018



Did you know that one million deaths per year could be prevented if everyone routinely washed their hands?[1]


Whether it’s a public area, workplace, hospital, leisure environment or educational facility, germs are spread from person-to-person and through touching everyday surfaces.


In Healthcare settings, effective hand washing is the single most important tool in preventing the spread of Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) between patients. Within the hospitality and leisure environment, it can reduce the risk of cross-contamination and keep workers’ skin healthy. Whilst in schools, it can stop the spread of germs from pupil to pupil whilst also reducing sick days.


On October 15th, Deb is supporting Global Handwashing Day, an annual day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent infections and ultimately save lives.


This year, Deb’s campaign focuses on primary schools and encouraging pupils to become Hand Washing Champions with activities and lessons aimed at making the hand washing procedure at school fun, engaging, and memorable. The day provides an opportunity to engage with pupils creatively and help them to understand why, when and how to wash their hands with soap and water.


With 60% of all absences across schools in England[2] being due to illness, effective hand hygiene has been universally recognised as the smartest means of infection control in educational facilities.  


It is vital for children to understand the importance of washing their hands and to raise awareness of how this can reduce the spread of germs, which may develop into colds and other illnesses resulting in time off school. To do this, schools must encourage children to wash their hands as part of their day which will ensure this practice becomes part of their lifelong routine.


Deb’s support materials and resources will encourage and promote good hand hygiene practice in the classroom whilst encouraging children to wash their hands.



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[2] (Source UK Department for Education)


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