Global Handwashing Day is a campaign to motivate millions around the world to wash their hands with soap. This is the single most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrhea and acute respiratory infections, such as pneumonia. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of hand washing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention. Every year, organisations all over Bangladesh celebrate this day from the national to the community level.
AMRF organised this campaign in collaboration with the AKSK high school in Munshiganj. Almost 1500 participants attended. An art competition was organised with the assistance of school teachers. 70 children competed for 11 prizes (school bag, calculator, dictionary, pens). A discussion and a demonstration session were held on the importance of hand-washing. Children at the school were encouraged to share the knowledge within their own communities.
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