“Wash your Hands for your Healthy Life”, Children in Sri Lanka marking Global Hand Washing Day
On 15th of October children in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka marked Global Hand Washing Day in schools and in their communities. 8000 children from 30 different schools located in plantation sector and adults in thirty communities around those schools demonstrated correct hand washing methods.
Some school children took the demonstrations into their communities and did hand washing activity with adults. Dramas, creative demonstrations and songs were used to communicate health messages. The teachers who were trained by Save the Children on hygiene and sanitation improvement supported the children by guiding them and also sharing their knowledge with other teachers in the schools.
This activity is part of efforts to improve health habits in school, home and community. This is especially important in schools where a change of health behaviour reduces the absenteeism of school children caused by infections such as acute respiratory and diarrhoeal diseases.
Save the Children acknowledges with thanks the contributions and support of the Unilever Foundation, district and local health and education authorities, local government and most importantly the involvement of school health clubs. Their enthusiastic support made this event a success.