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International Handwashing Day

International Handwashing Day is held on May 5. Since 2009, when the WHO Patient Safety Program launched a new initiative called Save Lives: Wash Hands. This event in the first decade of the month May is annual. Help us Help us 
5 May - International Handwashing Day
According to the World Bank, hygiene promotion is the most cost-effective health action to reduce disease. As of 2020, 2.3 billion people lacked basic hygiene services (handwashing facility with soap and water), and 1.6 billion people had access to handwashing facilities that lacked water or soap. Research shows that washing hands with soap and water could reduce deaths from diarrheal disease by up to 50%. Handwashing can reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 1621%. About 7% of women and 15% of men do not wash their hands at all after using the bathroom. Approximately 39% of people dont wash their hands after sneezing, coughing or after blowing their nose.
Keeping your hands germ-free is your first line of defense against getting sick from, and spreading, harmful germs and bacteria.

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