Tue. Nov 12th, 2019

AKAH campaigns better hygiene on Global Handwashing Day

On Global Handwashing Day 2019, young students at the Aga Khan School in Sonikote, Gilgit are conveying the message of “Clean Hands for All” through a creative musical performance. Credit: AKDN


ISLAMABAD: The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), in collaboration with other agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), government agencies and voluntary bodies, facilitated events in schools across Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan to celebrate Global Handwashing Day. These activities aimed at raising awareness about healthy and hygienic practices including the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. 

AKAH is spreading smiles through providing access to safe drinking water and educating communities for handwashing with soap, under its Water and Sanitation Education Programme (WASEP), to prevent diseases and save lives.

 The theme for Global Handwashing Day 2019 is “Clean Hands for All, reminding us that the simple message of proper handwashing for better health has yet to be spread to all. In local schools and communities awareness-raising sessions, handwashing demonstrations and school plays have reached around 5,000 students, parents and school faculty.

Students at AKES, P school in Chatorkhand are demonstrating handwashing in an event organized to campaign for hygienic practices on Global Handwashing Day 2019

Children and schools play a key role in spreading greater awareness about health and hygiene. In over 600 communities in Pakistan, AKAH has implemented health and hygiene education through its School Health Improvement Programme, benefitting over half a million people.

Global Handwashing Day 2019: The students of AKES, P school in Murtazabad Hunza are learning the steps of Handwashing with the help health hygiene trainer.

Nawab Ali Khan, AKAH CEO stated: “AKAH has reached over half a million people through its health and hygiene education programme focusing on personal, domestic and environmental hygiene and the numbers increase every year. Handwashing is a key component of our health and hygiene programme and this year we are celebrating it as complement to the prime minister’s vision of clean and green Pakistan.”

Global Handwashing Day 2019: Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, through its School Health Improvement Programme (SHIP) is sensitizing school children and management across vulnerable communities for hygienic practices, including handwashing with soap.
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