Manila Water kicks off PH’s participation of Global Handwashing Day
Manila Water Foundation (MWF) — a local water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) organization — has kicked off Philippines’ participation in the Global Handwashing Day (GHD).
With the theme “Clean Hands—A Recipe for Health”, this year’s GHD focuses on the links between handwashing and nutrition.
For this, MWF partnered with nutrition institutions, namely the National Nutrition Council (NNC), Nutrition Center of the Philippines (NCP), and Philippine Association of Nutritionists (PAN) to further the advocacy.
“We advocate the proper handwashing with clean water and soap to our kids in schools and communities to keep them healthy and prevent communicable diseases. It also plays a vital role in avoiding malnutrition, reducing absenteeism and contributing to a productive citizenry,” said MWF Executive Director Reginald Andal.
In relation to the theme, MWF prepared a month-long series of events that aims to discuss how handwashing can lead to attaining good nutrition.
NNC Executive Director Jovita Raval said that proper handwashing is one of the key interventions to prevent stunting, which affects most children in the Philippines.
“33 percent children in the Philippines are stunted, mainly because of poor nutrition. Also, because children are prone to infections and diarrheal diseases as a result of poor handwashing, this leads to stunting,” Raval said.
“Everybody is encouraged to continue to wash their hands before eating, after eating, and after using the toilet. Always wash your hands properly,” she added.