Hand Washing Day
LINGO Global hand washing day
We in the LINGO Consortium: Limpopo NGOs, Tsogang, Operation Hunger, Akanani and Elim Care Group celebrates Global Hand Washing Day.
We have been a part of the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW) since its inception in 2008. Every day, families around the world battle communicable diseases such as diarrhoea and acute respiratory illnesses.
Annually, these two illnesses kill more than two million children under the age of five. Every family can follow basic steps to prevent these diseases, including simply washing hands with soap at critical moments. We can contribute to the MDG goal of reducing deaths in the under 5 group by 2/3 by 2015 just by getting children to clean their hands.
To promote this simple solution, the world’s leading hygiene and sanitation experts from the public and private sectors have joined together in the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW). Established in 2001, the PPPHW leverages its members’ resources to implement effective approaches and methodologies for achieving large-scale hand washing behaviour change.
LINGO participated every year since 2008 with the support of Irish Aid.
“Governments Take Action”
Since the creation of Global Handwashing Day in 2008, an increasing number of national and local governments have begun implementing policies and programs that promote hand washing with soap.
In response to this trend, the PPPHW has developed a brief to highlight a few examples of the role governments can play in hand washing behaviour change around the world. The brief is the beginning of a discussion and analysis of government actions related to hand washing. The goal is to inspire all governments to take action by promoting hand washing with soap. South Africa is part of the WASH campaign and contributes to Global Handwash.
Each year, more and more governments commit resources to promote handwashing with soap in their countries and regions. We have seen governments play an important role in bringing handwashing with soap to scale in a sustainable way.
A topic that once wasn’t taken seriously, handwashing behaviour change is now a strategic government priority in many places. A few government-based handwashing trends include:
- Political leaders publically promoting the importance of handwashing with soap LINGO has worked in partnership since 2008
- Handwashing behaviour change integrated into preschool and school curriculum and teacher training programs LINGO trains Limpopo Communities
- Handwashing stations built alongside new latrines/LINGO trains and presents people with Tippy Taps
- Global Handwashing Day adopted as a national celebration
- Ministries of Health, Education, and Environment becoming the most common champions within governments
- Specific budget line items dedicated to handwashing behaviour change
- In 2008 LINGO funded Operation Hunger to facilitate GHD
- In 2009 LINGO funded the GHD which was hosted by Elim Care Group in Bungeni Village and which was very successful.
- In 2010 LINGO continued to fund the event which was hosted by Tlhavhama Finale Village, and we will repeat the event this year with Tlhavhama the host.
- In 2011 through the LINGO funding, Akanani successfully hosted a GHD in Devilliersdale Village.
- In 2012 Tsogang Water and Sanitation hosted the GHD in Maupa Village with LINGO being the funder.
The global hand washing day is a very important marketing event for the LINGO programme.