Nepal celebrates Global Handwashing Day 2012
Kathmandu 15 October: This year Nepal celebrated the 5th Global Hand-washing Day (GHD) in a unique manner in Kathmandu valley, in the districts, as well as in communities. The Ministry of Health and Population has allocated special funds to the districts so that they can celebrate the day across the nation by mainstreaming handwashing activities into all healthevents and activities using available mass media and interpersonal channels.
This year is also important because the National Hand-washing Program that is being rolled out in seven districts to then gradually expand to all 75 districts by 2015. Under the leadership of the National Health Information and Communication Centre under the Ministry of Health and Population, three key ministries viz. Federal Affairs and Local Development, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Urban Development, and UN agencies WHO and UNICEF and other development partners have teamed up to make hand washing all pervasive and a household brand in Nepal by 2015. More than 20 key corporate partners have been mobilised for this partnership, including banks, soap industries, companies dealing in fast moving consumers goods, and airline companies, and has also mobilised Municipalities, NGOs, media and advertisement agencies.
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