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Article Raise a hand for HYGIENE, Global Handwashing Day 2015 observed

Global Handwashing Day is a global campaign celebrated each year on 15 October to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of handwashing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention.

This year Bangladesh is celebrating the Day with the slogan ‘Raise a hand for HYGIENE’. The day is significantly celebrated through rallies, demonstration of handwashing, exhibition of posters and distribution of leaflets all over the country.
As a part of the campaign the event is organized at the Osmani Auditorium premises, Dhaka. This year, hundreds of school going children washed their hands with soap to mark the Day.
Mr. Akram-al-hossain, Additional Secretary, Local Government Division welcomed the participants. He also informed that the Local Government Division has taken initiative to develop an independent commission for improving water supply and sanitation facilities.
Mr. Edouard Beigbeder, Country Representative, UNICEF, Bangladesh, was present as a Special Guest stated that washing hands with soap is a no cost intervention that can save lives of millions of children all over the world.
Mr. Aslam Al Hossain, Additional secretary, Water Supply, Local Government Division, presided over the Event. He stated that Bangladesh has reached 61% improved sanitation facilities and now it is time to improve hygiene conditions. He said that for living a healthy life, practicing improved hygienic behavior is more important than spending money.
Engr. Khaleda Ahsan, Chief Engineer, DPHE, thanked all participants for attending at the Event.
All the guests washed their hands with soap with the school children and different categories of the working people at the same time washed their hands as a sign of their integration with the objective of the Day. Representatives from government, nongovernmental organizations and media professional also attended the Event.
NGO Forum for Public Health has been actively involved in organizing the Event in association with other organizations under the banner of Local Government Division.

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