Clean hands within reach

The Global Handwashing Day 2023 campaign enforced that: “Through strong leadership and collective efforts, we can close gaps in access and practice to achieve hand hygiene for all. Everyone has a role to play to ensure clean hands are within reach.”

The Terre des hommes (Tdh) team in Nigeria is committed to doing its part. The team organised a Global Handwashing Day campaign in October, 2023 in 13 public primary schools part of the hands4health intervention within the Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere local government areas in Borno State. The event aimed to raise awareness about the importance of handwashing in preventing the spread of diseases and promoting good hygiene practices.

Schoolchildren participated in various activities, such as handwashing demonstrations and educational sessions on proper techniques for handwashing and the importance of using soap and clean water. They also engaged in interactive games and quizzes to reinforce the message of hand hygiene.

School officials and teachers also joined the event to show their support for promoting handwashing practices in schools. The event was a great opportunity for the children to learn and practice the importance of handwashing, and will hopefully have a positive impact on their health and well-being.

Gravit’eau demonstrations

During the event, the features and benefits of the Gravit’eau handwashing station were demonstrated, including its touchless operation, water efficiency, and accessibility for all users. The team also highlighted the impact of this technology on improving hand hygiene practices in various settings, such as schools, healthcare facilities, and public spaces.

Stakeholders and WASH sector partners were invited to witness the effectiveness of the Gravit’eau handwashing system and explore potential collaborations to promote its adoption and implementation in their respective areas of influence. These included representatives from the Borno State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

Together, we can work towards achieving universal access to handwashing facilities and contributing to the global effort to improve public health.