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The Golden Poo Awards

Held at: The Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place WC2H7BY
on Thursday October 15th, 2009, at 6.00pm

Is Poo a suitable subject for Comedy? The Glamorous Golden Poo Awards that are being held in a West End Cinema in London on 15 October will prove that it is! It’s all in a good cause – to highlight the fact that poo kills at least a million children every year and that handwashing and better sanitation are the best way to fight this public menace.

The Golden Poo Awards promise an hilarious, un-missable evening of comedy and short animated films about hygiene and poo, forming part of a world-wide campaign to promote Global Handwashing Day October 15th.

This unique red-carpet event, hosted by Dr Phil Hammond (Have I Got News For You; MD Private Eye) promises an exciting and riotous evening of entertainment. The show will feature six intriguing short animated films about hygiene and the taboo subject of poo! An audience vote will decide the Number One and Number Two films, and the winning artists will be presented with coveted Golden Poo Awards. The selected films have been short-listed from a competition set up by PooP Creative and The London International Animation Festival.

See below two of the short-listed films “Why Wash” by Staffordshire University and Are You Spreading Poo? – Rob and Tom Sears

Two International Golden Poo Awards will also be awarded – Hygiene Champion and Sanitation Champion – to celebrate those who have made outstanding contributions to improving sanitation and good hygiene practice around the world.

Dr Val Curtis, Director of the Hygiene Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said: “We need to talk about Poo. Poo shouldn’t be taboo because poo kills 5000 children a day. The Golden Poo Awards recognizes those heroes that fight poo daily in their work for hygiene and sanitation around the world”

The Golden Poo Awards is one of a number of UK activities taking place on Global Handwashing Day – a campaign across 5 continents, which aims to mobilise millions of people to wash their hands with soap.

The Golden Poo Awards are sponsored by the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and PooP Creative Ltd.

Web site: www.thegoldenpooawards.org/

Handwashing Slogan Contest – IRC/USAID Sanitation Updates

Handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year.

As a contribution to Global Handwashing Day on October 15, 2009, the IRC/USAID Sanitation Updates news feed is having a Handwashing Slogan Contest.

  • Participants may enter as many slogans as he or she wishes
  • Each slogan must be 8 words or less
  • October 13 is the contest deadline
  • Contest winners will be announced on October 15th and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place slogans and authors will be featured on Sanitation Updates
  • Please post slogan submissions in the Comments section or email them to: dcampbell@usaid.gov

Examples of slogans include:

  • Be aware, wash with care!
  • Filthy fingers forecast sickness and sadness.
  • Drown a germ and wash your hands!

Global Handwashing Day, 15 October 2009

Initiated in 2008 by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap, Global Handwashing Day is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies and individuals around the globe.

The driving theme for Global Handwashing Day is children and schools, and the main objectives of this global celebration are:

  • Foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap.
  • Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in each country.
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap

Get involved and download the Global Handwashing Day Planner’s Guide

Global Handwashing Day web site

Pakistan: MoE confident to achieve IYS 2008 targets

The Ministry of Environment is making concerted efforts to achieve the targets set for International Year of Sanitation-2008 [...] in collaboration its partners like UNICEF, RSPN, PPAF, Water Aid, WSP-SA, USAID.

The Ministry has prime focus on four targets set for IYS-2008.

The targets one and two include; Finalization and approval of Provincial Sanitation Strategies/Action Plans by the respective Cabinets, and dissemination of hygiene messages [with support of UNICEF, USAID, RSPN and others] focusing on hand washing with soap, construction and use of latrines and use of safe water amongst at least 20% population (33 million).

Targets, three and four, include provision of improved sanitation facilities to at least 6% of the country’s population (700,000 HHs) over and above the existing [by scaling up the concept of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS)], and finalization and approval of National Drinking Water Policy by the Federal Cabinet and development of action plan for implementation.

[...] “The Balochistan Provincial Cabinet has already approved the provincial sanitation policy and strategy while in other provinces, the strategies are in the process of approval,” said Director General Environment, Javed Ali Khan. “Strategies for AJK and FANA have also been prepared.”

A Sanitation and hygiene week was observed in collaboration with Ministry of Health and UNICEF [in Punjab from from October 27 to November 1, 2008 - The News, 24 Oct 2008].

Source: APP,  18 Oct 2008

[Speaking at a briefing on Global Handwashing Day, Environment Secretary Khushnood Akhtar Lashari revealed] that unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene practices [...] cost Rs 112 billion per annum in Pakistan. [...] He further said that poor sanitation and hygiene practices were also proving to be one of the route causes of the spread of polio, as, he informed, studies conducted during the year 2008 revealed that most of the Polio cases in Pakistan during the year came from families having no toilets.

[...] In Pakistan, [Lashari] said, diarrhea killed 11% of the total children [who] died before their fifth birthday, while overall cost due to the disease in the country was Rs 55 billion per year.

Source: Khalid Aziz, The Nation, 15 Oct 2008

Sri Lanka: raising awareness for sanitation and handwashing

The Sanitation Task Force (STF) in Sri Lanka [urged] politicians, teachers, households and communities to ensure sanitation in their localities by creating adequate awareness and understanding of its importance in maintaining the health of the nation. STF made this statement on 15 Oct 2008 at a function held to mark the International Year of Sanitation.

[...] Access to sanitation is lowest in districts such as Anuradhapura, Ampara and Moneragala and in some conflict affected districts, sanitation is as low as 30%. A high percentage of Sri Lanka’s 10,000 schools do not have adequate sanitation facilities and 600 do not have any at all; 15% of the schools have facilities that been recorded as irreparable by the Ministry of Education. According to the school census of 2007, in Sri Lanka 3658 schools do not have adequate sanitation facilities and 2373 do not have drinking water facilities

[D]iarrhea is the third leading cause of infant deaths in Sri Lanka.

Also on 15 October, to celebrate Global Handwashing Day, 1,500 Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) visited 1,500 schools and to reach 1 million school children and demonstrated how handwashing should be done. [...] A poster and a flip chart have been developed to demonstrate 9 steps of handwashing, based on surgical technique. These were be displayed in places like hospitals, plantation sector clinics child development centers and health clinics. The promotional activities continued in the following week, during Sri Lanka’s Food Safety week from 20th – 26th October. TV advertorials as well as print advertorials were produced.

Source: By Hemanthi Guruge, Daily Mirror, 16 Oct 2008 ; Global Handwashing Day – Country Updates – Sri Lanka

Nepal: School hand-washing promotion picks up

[On 15 October 2008, Global Handwashing Day] Private and Boarding Schools’ Organisation, Nepal (PABSON) announced that every member school under PABSON would [get] soap and water in the school toilets, bathrooms and canteens. “We will arrange that the school children will wash their hands before and after eating and after using the toilet,” said Bhoj Bahadur Shah, president of PABSON. [...] According to Shah 9,000 schools are affiliated to PABSON under which more than 1.5 million children are studying at present.

Source: The Kathmandu Post / NGO Forum, 16 Oct 2008

Ghana: 84,000 die of diarrhoea in 4 years

A total of 84,000 deaths were caused by diarrhea as recorded in the country since 2004, accounting for 25 per cent of deaths among children under age five.

Theodora Adomako-Adjei, Executive Service Coordinator of Community Water and Sanitation Agency, disclosed this at the launch of the Global Handwashing Day in Accra. (…)

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India, West Bengal: NCC cadets start sanitation awareness drive

National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets in West Bengal have started a sanitation campaign to educate people in the remote villages of poverty-stricken Purulia district about the use of safe toilets.


“The cadets have taken up a 6-month programme to make people aware about the use of latrines. Apart from organising workshops and training, cadets will also visit the villages and urge people to install sanitary latrines in the households,” Col Abu Sufian, Associated NCC Officer of 51 Bengal Battalion in Purulia, said.

NCC, in partnership with UNICEF and district administration, has planned [...] to build awareness on sanitation and hygiene in Purulia, where only 10 per cent of the households have sanitary latrines [because of alleged lack of administrative push and inability of the poor villagers to pay the beneficiary's contribution of Rs 320] whereas West Bengal has a record of 76 per cent toilets.

Source: PTI / The Hindu, 19 Oct 2008

More than 2,000 National Cadet Corps youth from five colleges and 14 schools celebrated Global Hand Washing Day with rallies and demonstrations to show the five steps for hand washing in Raghunathpur, Jhalda and Balarampur blocks of Purulia district in West Bengal.

The cadets of Mahatma Gandhi College at Lalpur in Purulia marched the roads of Chakalta village in the district carrying banners, canvassing on microphones and distributing leaflets describing the benefits of hand washing. They demonstrated to members of the community how thoroughly rubbing the whole surface of hands, joints of fingers and the corner of nails with soap is necessary to remove germs after toilet and before eating or cooking.

Source: UNICEF, 15 Oct 2008

Global Handwashing Day: A Little Bit of Soap, A Powerful Effect on Human Health

WASHINGTON, Oct 14, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/

Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) Offers Year-Round Resources for Educators, Consumers on the Connection Between Hygiene and Health  – New Book Against Disease Reminds Us “That sanitary diligence is as pertinent to health today as it was a century ago.”  The message of the first-ever Global Handwashing Day on October 15, 2008 — as designated by the United Nations General Assembly — is meant to last longer than 24 hours. The universal call for improved hygiene practices around the world reminds all of us that a little bit of soap can very easily enhance the health of millions of people.  (…)

SDA is part of the Clean Hands Campaign, a partnership with the American Society for Microbiology. The Campaign has new educational brochures and posters are now available at www.washup.org. The materials include English and Spanish language versions.

Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) www.cleaning101.com

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Millions lather up to save lives as UN observes Global Handwashing Day

15 October 2008 – Nearly 200 million people from over 70 countries participated today in United Nations events marking the first ever Global Handwashing Day, held to raise awareness about how a lack of effective sanitation and poor hygiene practices can bring death and disease.

Handwashing with soap – particularly before eating and after using the toilet – is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrhoeal disease and pneumonia, which together are responsible for almost 3.5 million child deaths every year, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stated in a press release.

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