United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund has marked today’s 15th Anniversary of Global Hand washing Day event 2021 in Maiduguri Borno State with a call to governments, partners, Civil Society Organizations, public, private sectors and other stakeholders to key into global hand washing for good health.
Global Hand washing Day is the day dedicated to ensure that affordable products and services are available, especially, in disadvantaged areas and to enable a culture of hygiene to co aider and mainstream hand washing in their core Programmes.
The WASH Manager, UNICEF Maiduguri Office, Mamita Bora Thakker who stated this during the 15th Anniversary of the Global Hand washing Day held at Ramat Square Maiduguri said “they need to move towards a world that supports the most vulnerable communities such as those in the Internally Displaced Persons camps with the means to protect their wealth and environment.
She added that there is the need to link all the various sectors to achieve universal hand hygiene practices by all Nigerians which will require key spaces and settings with visible change in infrastructure, behaviour and practices in households and communities, health facilities, schools, religious and community festivals, market places and IDPs camps among others.
The WASH Manager noted that focus in the determinants of hand washing rather than education alone require programs to be delivered over an extended period of time and combine a range of delivery mechanisms. Hence information alone is not enough to change people’s practices.
According to her, behaviorial change requires systematic approaches using evidence based frameworks and audience appropriate communication and community engagement strategies.
She suggested mass campaigns and behaviour change promotion through human resources who are trained in the essential skills and approaches for social mobilization and behaviour change communication, pointing out that, the success of every hand washing initiative will require investments to ensure access to the supplies and services required to practice hand hygiene.