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Making Hand washing a Habit! : FXB observed Global Handwashing Day, 2016

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) as part of its ongoing campaign promoting a culture of healthy habits observed Global Handwashing Day on 15th October with 1360 children and their parents and teachers in FXBIS project sites in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Demonstration of Good handwashing practices on Global Handwashing Day in Ranchi, Jharkhand

 

Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day founded by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing as an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times. Diarrhea kills 1,400 children every day, accounting for 9 per cent of all deaths among children under age 5 worldwide in 2015 (UNICEF). Basic interventions to improve drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)  can help save  hundreds of young lives. Washing hands is an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diarrheal & acute respiratory infections, intestinal worms and eye infections. The pertinence of the message of Global Handwashing Day can hardly be denied. FXBIS observed Global Handwashing Day through hand washing demonstrations and workshops, FXBIS fosters and supports a global and local culture of hand washing with soap as an easily accessible and effective way for sustained good health.

In Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh an  awareness session with  games reinforcing the message of proper hand washing in preventing general diseases was conducted by FXBIS General Manager- Medical, Dr. Krishna Prasada Raju at VBV Government High school. The participants were also given gifts and soap.

Hand washing with soap is a "do-it-yourself vaccine" that prevents infections and saves lives was the message of the interactive quiz session at Primary School Dungri of Ranchi district in Jharkhand. The children present took a “Swachta Pledge” to make healthy & cleanliness environment in and around school premises. The Bal Sansad (Child Parliament) also adopted the responsibility for cleaning, using of toilets and safe handling of water in school and their home. The event also included participation of representatives from Child Rights Protection Commission Jharkhand and local functionaries.

In Noida, Uttar Pradesh children and the community were made aware about the benefits of proper hand washing after using the toilet, while cleaning a child and before handling food and how to avoid the common diseases through a street play prepared by children from the FXBIS' Suraksha Education Center.

In Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, children were made aware of health and hygienic practices including hand washing before handling food particularly, brushing teach, cropping nails, through a video screening  and demonstration and practicing of proper handwashing techniques with soap. Following the programms a rally was taken out where the school children displayed placards and banners with slogans on proper hygiene and handwashing and distributed handbills on hand washing to hundreds of people from the community.  In Puducherry, FXBIS Children parliament at  Sanyasikuppam passed a resolution to  practice the proper hand washing methods in coming days. 

In Jaipur student representatives demonstrated the proper steps of washing their hands with soap. After a group discussion, the student body pledged to wash their hands with soap regularly and also to share this knowledge with their family and friends to make them aware about the benefits of handwashing to prevent the spread of diarrhea, pneumonia and influenza and other seasonal diseases. The school administration also pledged to make sure that every child must have access to the hand washing facility with soap in the school.

"It is only when the importance of this message is accepted by a child can the change we envisage happen. Children not only bring change in themselves they have the tremendous capability of influencing others especially their parents. Therefore our focus is to influence the child more than anything else", says Mamta Borgoyary, CEO, FXB India Suraksha. FXBIS is dedicated to promote health seeking behavior within the marginalized communities within its intervention geographies. Through its intensive Behavioral Change Communication (BCC) campaigns FXBIS aims to enlighten children, families and communities about issues concerning health and hygiene and facilitate access to quality health services, clean water and sanitation facilities. By arranging such regular health awareness camps  & sessions FXBIS targets to significantly decrease communicable and vector borne diseases as well as infant, maternal and child mortality rates. FXBIS addressed health vulnerabilities of over 32, 000 people directly & indirectly and facilitated access to quality health services, clean water and sanitation facilities in 2015 - 2016.

 

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About FXBIS

FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) is a not for profit organisation, focused to provide developmental assistance to marginalized children, families and communities in rural and urban India. FXBIS works to reduce vulnerabilities in context with poverty, health, education, and security.

With the vision to see an India in which children and communities lead self-reliant and empowered lives FXBIS aims to ensure that every child achieves her/ his potential in a healthy, poverty free and protective environment.

Today FXBIS works in different pockets across 15 Indian states and Union Territories and reaches out to over 2,00,000 people through its community based multi-sectoral programmes and interventions.

 

For more Information, Contact:

Namrata Raha

Senior Communication Officer

Email: nraha@fxbsuraksha.org

Handphone: +91 1149 2033 50

 

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