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School Children Can Become ‘Hand Washing Champions’

Patrick Boshell
October 18, 2016

handwashing-childrenDid you know it was recently Global Handwashing Day?


Each year on October 15th, over 200 million people in over 100 countries take part in celebrations to mark Global Handwashing Day. Once again, Deb Group was heavily involved in this day of advocacy, which promotes handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.


First held in 2008, Global Handwashing Day is designed to support a global and local handwashing culture, shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing around the world, and raise awareness about the benefits of the practice. The day is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organisations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals.


This year’s theme – ‘Make Handwashing a Habit!’ – highlighted the importance of handwashing as a ritual behaviour. To be effective, hand hygiene needs to occur regularly at key times, such as after using the washroom or before contact with food.


Deb Group is encouraging primary schools to inspire their students to become ‘Hand Washing Champions’, with activities and lessons aimed at making the hand washing procedure at school fun, engaging, and memorable.


Throughout the next few months, Deb Group is be running a national ‘Happy Hands Contest" in North America and a "Hand Puppet Competition" in Europe. Students will be encouraged to design enter their creations into a competition. The winning student design will be announced will receive a prize. Furthermore, the winning design will be reproduced on a custom dispenser, which Deb Group will supply to the school free of charge across all their washrooms.


“Global Handwashing Day is a fantastic opportunity for people around the world to come together in celebration and support of better hand hygiene,” said Patrick Boshell, Marketing Director at Deb Canada.


“We are thrilled to be working with schools, and support their efforts to make hand washing a daily routine for their students. Encouraging children from an early age and getting them into the habit of washing their hands as part of their school day will help ensure that this practice becomes part of their lifelong routine.”


Deb Group is working towards behaviour change in schools with a range of brightly coloured and attractive soap dispensers, which are designed to help engage children in the hand washing process. Dispensing systems are more hygienic, economical and environmentally-friendly than bar soap or bulk fill systems, and easy to operate for children.


In addition to dispensers and a comprehensive range of skin care products, Deb Group also provides schools with a range of training and educational materials to ensure hand hygiene compliance is adhered to in educational institutions around the country.


So, even though Global Handwashing Day comes only once a year, this day reminds us that handwashing is so important that it should be celebrated every day.


For educational materials for Global Handwashing Day, visit:




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