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PPPHW Soapbox - March 2015
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This month it’s World Health Day on April 7, and the theme this year is food safety. This is a great opportunity for us all to talk and learn about the role of handwashing in food hygiene and child health, including using the World Health Day Twitter hashtag #safefood. The PPPHW is hosting a webinar on handwashing and food safety, including a fascinating case study from Nepal at 9AM EST – the perfect way to kick off World Health Day. Sign up here.

This month, we are also participating in the World Water Forum in South Korea. If you’re planning to attend, let us know as it would be great to meet up! If you are not at the conference, check out our website and @handwashingsoap on April 12-17 where we will bring you daily summaries of the latest handwashing news and discussions from this major event.

We hope that you have had a chance to explore the new resources on our website launched earlier this month. In particular, make sure you’ve had a look at our hygiene advocacy toolkit to find out what you can do to make sure that when the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are adopted by the UN this September, they address what we all know to be one of the most important public health interventions.

Happy handwashing!

PPPHW Secretariat 



Upcoming PPPHW Webinar: Handwashing and food hygiene

April 7 at 9:00 AM EST (New York Time)
Register here today!


April 7 is World Health Day, and this year the theme is Food Safety. 

To celebrate, the PPPHW will host a webinar on this pertinent topic.

Join us to: 
  • Explore why food hygiene matters for child health in the global context, 
  • Be inspired by a fascinating case study from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Research Degree Student OmPrasad Gautam about a creative food and handwashing behavior change intervention in Nepal, 
  • Learn from Julia Rosenbaum with USAID/WASHPlus about the small doable actions you can take to better integrate food hygiene into your programs, 
  • And more! 
Register today to learn how handwashing matters for #safefood!
 


Global Soap joins the PPPHW


Global Soap is the newest organization to join the PPPHW as a member. An NGO, Global Soap promotes handwashing by providing other NGOs that work in WASH with soap they collect and recycle. They also provide handwashing education materials to their in-country partners and undertake studies on handwashing behavior modification. New initiatives include supporting local soapmakers and salespeople through eight microloans in seven countries. Global Soap also promotes handwashing on a regular basis through its social media outlets.
 
Are you interested in joining the PPPHW? Learn about our current partners and read how to join us!
Daily Group Handwashing
Enjoy UNICEF WASH in School's new video on daily group handwashing. 
PPPHW Page of the Month
The Promote page on our website can help you promote handwashing at the project and advocacy levels. Check it out today!
March Publications
New on the PPPHW Blog: Hospital hygiene woefully inadequate, finds new WHO/UNICEF report

This new publication from WaterAid highlights the importance of WASH to help give babies a Healthy Start.

This year World Water Day (March 22) focused on the important role water plays in all aspects of human life. We wrote a blog about how #WaterIs essential to nutrition and handwashing.

World Water Day was also Raya's birthday. Watch her video message here.

The International Food Policy Research Institute's 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report found that WASH is important for nutrition. We couldn't agree more!

Glasgow City of Science, Glasgow Caledonian University, and 2,147 students set a Guinness record for the largest simultaneous hand hygiene lesson across multiple venues. 
 
Upcoming Events
The World Water Forum is April 12- 17. We will be there talking hygiene. Want to meet? Send us an email

AfricaSan is May 25-27 in Dakar, Senegal

May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day. Get tools to plan an event and information here.

The October 18-21 Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference is currently accepting abstracts.

 
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