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Special: Global Handwashing Day 2013




The practice of handwashing with soap in India is not widespread. A study showed that only 53 per cent of the population wash hands with soap after defecation, 38 per cent before eating, and 30 per cent before preparing food.

Diarrhoea and respiratory infections are the number one cause for child deaths in India. More than 1,000 children die every day from diarrhoea. The Government of India is aiming at institutionalising handwashing with soap in schools before Mid Day Meal amongst 110 million children in 1.4 million schools.

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UNICEF on Global Handwashing Day: A simple solution with far-reaching benefits – the power is in our hands

NEW YORK, 15 October 2013 – As the world observes the 6th annual Global Handwashing Day, new figures from UNICEF say 1,400 children under five still die every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene.

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Photo Essay: I Wash My Hands India - A Snapshot

Nearly half (51%) of the schools have a designated hand washing space and in 44% of the schools observed the hand washing space was being used. Only close to one in ten (12%) of schools had soap/detergent available at the hand washing space.

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Special arrangements for special children in Bihar’s schools

The construction of the child friendly water and sanitation (WASH) facilities in Vandana, Moonmoon and Mithilesh’s school is the result of a pilot project of the education department of the Bihar government, with support from UNICEF Bihar

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Child cabinets maintain hygiene fund for cleaner schools

The construction of the child friendly water and sanitation (WASH) facilities in Vandana, Moonmoon and Mithilesh’s school is the result of a pilot project of the education department of the Bihar government, with support from UNICEF Bihar

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