Kathmandu, October 16, 2017: Global Handwashing Day was celebrated in the capital on Sunday, October 15, organizing various programs among school child club members.
As many as 88 members of child clubs from different schools in the town participated the program organized by Paschim Paaila, an informal youth network focused on environmental health with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and disasters/epidemics as social concern.
On the occasion, an interaction was held regarding the importance of washing hands as well as the basic infrastructure related to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene at the school level. There was also a discussion about the negative impacts on education, health, economic and mental condition for not washing hands properly. The importance of child-friendly infrastructure development was also stressed on the discussion.
Apart from this, the program also saw entertaining and awareness-generating activities like dancing, singing and quiz.
The program was supported by Water Aid Nepal, the Department of Education, Ministry of Environment, Nepal Public Health Foundation (NPHF) and the Ministry of Education of Nepal Government.
Every year, October 15 is celebrated as Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.