On the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), UNICEF’s long- standing support to improving water supply, sanitation and hygiene is highlighted and it is reinforced that these are central to ensuring the rights of children to survive, grow and develop into healthy and fulfilled citizens of India.
In the broader context, UNICEF’s activities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) contribute to the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals(MDGs) . The contribution WASH makes to key MDG targets such as child mortality, disease reduction, primary education, environmental sustainability, gender equality and poverty reduction, is clearly recognized.
The strong link of WASH (Water, sanitation and hygiene) with child mortality is one reason why UNICEF, has included WASH as a key component of a cross-sectoral package of high-impact interventions, together with health, nutrition, and HIV/ AIDS, to achieve rapid progress in child survival and development.
UNICEF also recognizes the important contribution that WASH makes to achieving universal primary education and promote gender equality and empower women. Having adequate and appropriate water supply and sanitation facilities in schools is a major factor influencing whether children and especially girls attend school.
UNICEF’s long history of practical support interventions in water supply has also given us a unique position of trust with the government partners. UNICEF in India is preparing for new challenges by building appropriate human resources, leveraging partnerships and providing leadership within and beyond the United Nations on water, sanitation and hygiene.
Global Handwashing Day
Under the slogan of “Clean hands save lives,” the second annual Global Handwashing Day campaign to be celebrated on 27th October aims to engage schoolchildren as effective agents for change.
The introduction of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in schools, including handwashing with soap, is an entry point for children to understand and then take these good hygiene practices back into their homes and communities. Read More
Ten million students and 250,000 gram panchayats across India today celebrate the second annual Handwashing Day by demonstrating the correct way of washing their hands with soap, the best protection against diarrhoea and influenza.
The importance of doing things the right way -- this was perhaps the one thing which children clearly understood this Global Handwashing Day in Assam
Handwashing with soap at critical times - including before eating or preparing food and after using the toilet - can reduce diarrhoea rates by more than 40 per cent.
Soap is what every mother, father and child is being asked to use. Handwashing with soap is what every school is being asked to ensure. Soap, is what will bring down diarrhoeal deaths.
Every day, Kamlesh, along with his batch mates, queues to wash his hands before heading to the school kitchen.
The launch of the Rural Sanitation Week on 2nd October was the culmination of a host of activities that were being implemented by the Government of Gujarat as a part of an intensive campaign.
The child reporters, headed by the Head Mistress of the ZIla Parishad High School, Madhavi Latha, rallied around their village on October 15 and spoke to villagers about the benefits of handwashing.