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Ghana launches the Tippy Tap to improve hand washing with soap and eradicate diseases.

A girl washes her hands in Kumbungu, Northern Ghana
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A girl washes her hands using a tippy tap in Kumbungu district, Ghana

TAMALE, Ghana October 20, 2015 - UNICEF in collaboration with Ghana Education Service and Community Water and Sanitation Agency, launched the Tippy Tap competition in the 75 basic schools in Mion on 14 October this year.

The launch came ahead of this year’s Global Handwashing Day 15 of October. The Global Handwashing Day commemorated each year aims to promote handwashing and raise awareness of the crucially important role it plays in child survival and overall community health.

“Our district is proud to be in the forefront in promoting hand washing with soap for improving hygiene in Ghana” said Honourable Dan Makadan the District Chief Executive of Mion District who launched the competition at Sang Islamic School in the Northern Region.

“Cleaner hands can have a dramatic impact on improving children's health, keeping them safe from easily preventable diseases such as diarrhea,” said Clara Dube, the Chief of Field Office for UNICEF in Tamale.

The Tippy Tap is cheap, easy to construct and use, and potentially revolutionary in areas like Northern Ghana where hand washing is rare, and diarrhea is a major killer of children. The Tippy Tap is also efficient, as well as being virtually free to construct. It uses only 40 millilitres of water to wash your hands versus 500 millilitres using a mug.

Currently, only 31.1% of households in the Northern Region have a place for hand washing according to the Ghana Demographic and Health Survey 2014.

Under the guidance of the School Health Education Programme 75 basic schools in Mion District will take part in a tippy tap construction competition and the programme will select 10 winners by the end of 2015.

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