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Blogs Address Global Handwashing Day

Two blogs address Global Handwashing Day, recognized on October 15. Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Victoria Fan, a CGD research fellow, and Rachel Silverman, a research assistant for the CGD global health team, say, “[We] would urge child survival advocates to raise the priority of handwashing among donor and survey operators. With a staggering two million preventable deaths each year from diarrhea and respiratory infections worldwide, today’s occasion would be the perfect time for the global health community to spring for a shiny new handwashing indicator” (10/15). And Hanna Woodburn, communications director for the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog that educators, parents, and policymakers have a role to play to “ensure that our communities experience the health benefits” of handwashing (10/14).