How Dirty Are YOU?
More than 1 in four people have faecal matter on their hands! Britain's 12M cases of norovirus, gastroenteritis, MRSA, E-Coli and now Swine Flu infections are mainly down to dirty hands. washitoff! (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
2009's Global Handwashing Day activities included:
PooP Creative and The London International Animation Festival (LIAF) jointly promoted a competition amongst film animators to produce short films which tackle the serious issues of sanitation and hygiene in an edgy, irreverent and humorous way. The Golden Poo Awards were part of the Global Handwashing Day activities in the UK.
To mark World Toilet Day 2009 PooP Creative released the comedy feature Seriously Dirty for online viewing. Presented by Dr Phil Hammond and filmed at The Golden Poo Awards on Global Handwashing Day (October 15th 2009), the film incorporates award-winning animated films about hygiene and sanitation.
Dirty Hands study 2009 Following the interest generated from the 2008 study, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine sampled the bacteria found on children’s hands. They looked at three different age groups and compared levels of faecal bacteria found between the groups, and between girls and boys. They also investigated children's views about handwashing, germs and disease transmission.
Educational hand-hygiene materials for use in schools were provided by e-Bug. e-Bug
is a free educational resource for classroom use, which provides activities
and lesson plans covering micro organisms and the transfer, prevention
and treatment of infection. Each section of e-Bug contains detailed lesson plans for teachers and fun
student worksheets suitable for classroom use. There are also various
animations, films, photographs and presentations available to download,
to assist with the more difficult aspects of microbiology.
Chisapo Secondary School in Malawi took part in a range of activities to highlight Global Handwashing Day. The children performed plays on the theme of health and hygiene education, wrote poems and songs, and also took part in a germ awareness football match to show how easily germs can spread. Pump Aid linked Chisapo Secondary school in Malawi with Chandlers Field school in London, who also took part in the GHD activities. The two schools swapped posters and poems completed on the day, and watched footage of each others activities.