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     Hands up! Global Handwashing Day 2017

Hands are a natural breeding ground for germs, in fact they are one of the principal carriers of disease-causing germs. Nearly 80% of infections are spread by hand, so encouraging good hand hygiene behaviours is an effective way to stop germs spreading. 

15 October is Global Handwashing Day, an annual opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of proper handwashing habits to help prevent the spread of infection and reduce sickness.

The theme for this year’s Global Handwashing Day  is “Our hands, our future!”

The Global Handwashing Partnership website says, “This theme reminds us that handwashing protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world. Because hand washing is an affordable, effective way to achieve these goals, by having the power to improve access to education for children, protect the health of patients and communities, and reduce inequities. Promoting the benefits and practice of handwashing with soap, as well as fostering access to and improving hygiene facilities, will help us work towards a future where that potential is realized.”

handwash pic.jpgOur Goal for Global Handwashing Day 2017

Initial branches all over the country are approaching schools to educate children on the importance of good hand hygiene practices.

This year we have the goal of washing 50 000 hands!

What are you doing for Global Handwashing Day? We'd love to hear from you! Share photos of your initiative with us by clicking on any of our below social media channels and use the hashtag #GlobalHandwashingDay and tag Initial in the post!

Handwashing for Schools

The simple act of washing hands can reduce the risk of getting a stomach bug by as much as 47%. As role models, teachers can help form children’s identity with hygiene from a very young age, with the potential to build a positive foundation and instil good hygiene habits that will last a lifetime.

Download our School Hand Hygiene Toolkit to help spread the word on why hand hygiene matters. Included in this pack are hand washing tips and fun ideas on how to engage kids in learning about this important topic.

Contact Initial for hygiene solutions to ensure a safer, healthier environment for your children.

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Hand Hygiene for Offices

Did you know that 60% of South Africans don’t wash their hands after they use the bathroom?

An office setting is the ideal environment for germs to spread and poor hand hygiene is often the biggest cause of workplace illness.

Poor hand hygiene leads to the spread of harmful illnesses and cross contamination in the office. This in turn results in absenteeism and negatively impacting business productivity levels.

Download these "hand hygiene" posters for your office to keep good hand hygiene practices top of mind. 


 Initial offers professional hand hygiene solutions which include:
● Soap dispensers
● Hand sanitisers
● Hand drying

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Are you taking part in any handwashing initiatives? We’d love to see your handy work!
Share your hand hygiene photos and tag us on social media

A big thank you to our partners for making our 50 000 hands Global Handwashing Day initiative possible:

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