Global Hand-Washing Day—Overview, Goals and Technique.

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About Global Hand-Washing Day

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October 15 is Global Hand-Washing Day founded by the Global Public Private Partnership for Hand-Washing(PPPHW), dedicated to increasing awareness and realizing the importance of hand-washing with soap as an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent disease and save lives. The 2016 Global Hand-Washing Day theme is “Make Hand-washing a Habit”.

The Goals of Global Hand-Washing Day

The goals of Global Hand-washing Day are:

  • Support a global and local culture of hand-washing with soap;
  • Shine a spotlight on the state of hand-washing in each country;
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of hand-washing with soap. 

Get Involved in China

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Primary students in China is learning how to wash their hands correctly. United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund(UNICEF) and its government partners are running a campaign in schools, communities and on television to promote washing hands with soap.

“Educating children in hand hygiene is a good investment in their health.” said, Dr. Xu, at Guangzhou Elizabeth Women’s Hospital.

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Works of art from children showing what they understand about washing hands.

In China, health workers are invited to demonstrate how to wash one`s hands with soap.

Six Steps Hand-Washing Technique

11. Palm to palm;

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2. Right palm over back of left hand. Left palm over back of right hand;

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3. Palm to palm fingers interlaced;

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4. Backs of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlaced;

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5. Rotational rubbing of right thumb clasped over left palm and left palm over right palm;

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6. Rotational rubbing backwards and forwards with clasped fingers of right hand in palm of left and vice versa.

The six-step technique was considered to be an effective way to reduce the bacterial count and healthcare-associated infections.

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