October 15th is a day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing.
Handwashing is easy
Only a small amount of water and soap are necessary to accomplish a small action that provides great benefits. It takes 30 seconds and a bit of hand rubbing.
Washing hands after using the toilet and before handling food can dramatically reduce the risk of infections such as foodborne infection. This year, handwashing was critical in the prevention of the Ebola virus in West Africa.
Handwashing is for everyone
We always ask children to wash their hands before eating, when they are back from school or after playing in the yard. From toddlers to elderly, handwashing never loses its importance. Infections can be transmitted by anyone to everyone. In order to protect children or elderly, everyone should wash their hands. After all, it is the most cost-effective public health intervention.
For more information see : globalhandwashing.org