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World marks Handwashing Day, 2013

Today, October 15, is Global Handwashing Day, set aside to highlight the importance of  handwashing with Soap to reduce the risk of several preventable illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia that contribute to the deaths of millions of children around the world.

UNICEF estimates that water diarrhea kills 194,000 Nigerian children annually and 80% of these deaths could be attributed to unsafe drinking water supplies. Globally, diarrhoeal diseases account for nearly 1.3 million deaths a year among children under-five years of age, making them the second most common cause of child deaths worldwide. Over half of the deaths occur in just five countries: India, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Ethiopia.

Today,  hundreds of millions of people around the world will celebrate the importance of handwashing with soap by rallying around the slogan: The power is in your hands.

The  Global Handwashing Day is organised by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW),  and it is being marked by a series of events offline and online all over the world

On Twitter, the hashtag #iwashmyhands will be used to raise awareness about the importance of handwashing with soap.

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