16 October 2015, Abuja – WaterAid Nigeria on Global Handwashing Day announced the launch of a hygiene themed proposal writing competition for selected schools in the nation’s Federal Capital Territory. The competition, which aims to support children develop skills necessary to allow them become change agents, will ask students to write about the state of hygiene or sanitation in their schools and/or surrounding communities and what they think is a simple and cost-effective way to address the issue. The best proposals will be funded to implement the recommended hygiene projects in their schools and/or surrounding communities.
The organisation also joined the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, EU, UNICEF, the National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS), the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and other stakeholders to commemorate Global Handwashing Day with students at the Community Secondary School in Asokoro, Abuja.
Global Handwashing Day is an important opportunity to emphasise handwashing as an effective way to prevent disease and reduce child mortality and morbidity with its subsequent impact on overall health and school attendance.
Dr. Michael Ojo, Country Representative, WaterAid Nigeria said:
“Out of all water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions, hygiene promotion has proven to be particularly effective in reducing mortality and morbidity from child diarrhoea, and has been identified as the most cost-effective disease control intervention…Handwashing and wider hygiene practice will be vital if we are to achieve the Global Goals related to health, education and water and sanitation access.”
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