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PPPHW Soapbox - February 2015
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While it's still wintery here in Washington, D.C., we know that spring is on the way, and with it many changes.

Here at the Secretariat for the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing we are gearing up to launch a new and improved website full of great resources – look out for that coming up in March! In the meantime, check out our new blog on using social networks to enhance handwashing promotion, and another in response to a US politician suggesting that handwashing shouldn’t be mandatory in the food industry. On the other side of the world, we have seen a fascinating policy change in India this month with handwashing prior to the mid-day meal program being incorporated into the daily agenda.

Finally, at the global level, we are closely watching negotiations about what the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will measure; we all need to work together to ensure that handwashing is properly addressed. Get up-to-date on the SDG process with a focus on water, sanitation, and hygiene at next week’s teleconference (see below) – all are welcome. Also look out for a new hygiene advocacy toolkit, to be launched in March.

Happy Handwashing,

The PPPHW Secretariat 

Upcoming Event:
WASH in the Post-2015 Agenda Teleconference

Tuesday 10 March
9:00AM New York / 2:00PM London

 Dial In Number:  +41 58 262 07 22
Participant code: 546616

 
Building on the post-2015 WASH targets expert consultation initiated by the Joint Monitoring Programme in 2011, this call is a chance for WASH sector professionals to hear an update of current positioning of WASH within the Sustainable Development Goals, the advice that the sector is feeding into the negotiation processes, and upcoming events and opportunities to influence the debate.               
 
The teleconference will provide an opportunity for:
  • An update on the post-2015 debate, including the intergovernmental negotiations, work of the UN Statistical Commission and discussions on Financing for Development 
  • WASH sector recommendations for indicators to measure progress (as submitted to the UN Statistical Commission; background document attached).
  • Questions and discussion

India WASH in Schools Update

 
The Government of India has issued guidelines requiring that elementary schools provide enough time for handwashing with soap before mid-day meals. This is a great step in ensuring that all students and teachers wash their hands at this critical time. 

In March the PPPHW will host a Webinar on this new guideline and provide lessons for others interested in addressing WASH policy in the school context. Stay tuned for more details!

 

Handwashing Promotion Resources from the Henry the Hand Foundation 

In February the PPPHW met with the US-based Henry the Hand Foundation. Known for their handwashing promotion tools, including their ‘Henry the Hand’ handwashing character educator, the Foundation has developed a toolkit to support the promotion of handwashing, ‘respiratory etiquette’, and cross-contamination awareness in schools.

Their posters are available to download for free in 20 different languages. If there is another language that you would like, you can request a new translation by completing this translation template.  
February PPPHW Publications
Lessons from Zaragoza: Indicators, integration, and human rights for hygiene Post-2015 blog

Blog on social networks:  Everybody's doing it: How social networks can increase handwashing

Blog on Huffington Post: Is it enough to idly hope our chef won't kill us?

Press Release: Handwashing is not optional for restaurant workers: It is essential for public health

Factsheet on Measles & Handwashing
Quick Links

Read about a pilot hygiene program in India that will be expanded to cover 400 schools.

Handwashing is a key component of continuing the fight against Ebola as schools reopen in Liberia.

A client in a Concern Universal micro-finance project used her loan to start a soap-making business. Read a blog about her experience.

A report out from a recent conference provides 8 practical ideas to link WASH and nutrition programs. Contribute your thoughts on the SuSanA forum

If someone asked you to 
describe germs what would you say?

Think handwashing is just an issue in the developing world? Think again! Rentokil Initial conducted a study of 100,000 office workers and found that 38% of men & 60% of women washed their hands after using the toilet. 

 
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