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On 15 October, 2008, the first-ever Global Handwashing Day saw more than 120 million children around the world washing their hands with soap in more than 70 countries across five continents. From Colombia to Bangladesh, from Kenya to the Philippines, from the United Kingdom to Ethiopia, schools and communities worldwide organized and participated in celebrations and handwashing activities to remind the world that “Clean Hands Save Lives!”

See here the highlights of Global Handwashing Day 2008 in 73 countries.

Congo Brazzaville
The Global Handwashing Day launch took place in a primary school in the capital. This event was planned within the framework of a larger initiative that included an environmental campaign…
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India
In September and October, a mass media campaign was launched in India with the support of Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvrag Singh, two hugely popular cricket celebrities. Almost 1 million …
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Kenya
AIn Kenya, different handwashing activities were launched with the support of the Minister for Public Health and Sanitation, Ms. Beth Mugo, gathering over 6,000 children in Kisumu…
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Pakistan
Global Handwashing Day was officially endorsed by the Ministry of Environment of Pakistan, the lead agency for the implementation of the International Year of Sanitation in Pakistan. Local …
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  1. Afghanistan
  2. Angola
  3. Arabia (UAE, Yemen, SAUDI ARABIA,

                    OMAN, BAHRAIN, KUWAIT,QATAR)

  1. Bangladesh
  2. Bhutan
  3. Bolivia
  4. Botswana
  5. BurkinaFaso
  6. Burundi
  7. Cambodia
  8. Central African Republic
  9. China
  10. Colombia
  11. Comoros
  12. Congo (Brazzaville)
  13. Côte d’Ivoiredi
  14. Djibouti
  15. DRC
  16. Egypt
  17. Eritrea
  18. Ethiopia
  19. Fiji
  20. Gambia
  21. Ghana
  22. Guatemala
  23. Guinea
  24. India
  25. Indonesia
  26. Iraq
  27. Kenya
  28. Laos
  29. Liberia
  30. Madagascar
  31. Malawi
  32. Malaysia
  33. Mali 37. Mauritania
  34. Mongolia
  35. Mozambique
  36. Namibia
  37. Nepal
  38. Nicaragua
  39. Niger
  40. Nigeria
  41. North Sudan

46, Pakistan

  1. Palestinian Territory
  2. Panama
  3. Papua New Guinea
  4. Paraguay
  5. Peru
  6. Philippines
  7. Rwanda
  8. Senegal
  9. Sierra Leone
  10. Singapore
  11. Somalia
  12. South Africa
  13. South Sudan
  14. Sri Lanka
  15. Suriname
  16. Syria
  17. Taiwan
  18. Tajikistan
  19. Tanzania
  20. Tchad
  21. Timor Leste
  22. Uganda
  23. UK
  24. Vietnam
  25. Yemen
  26. Zambia

73, Zimbabwe

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