Today is Global Handwashing Day! Did you know that most childhood illnesses could be avoided by practicing good handwashing? The simple act of washing your hands with SOAP & WATER could save children all over the world from hospitalisation and even death in extreeme circumstances.
Please watch this video to support Global Handwashing Day in your home!
Today is Global Handwashing Day!
Hygiene is incredibly important – especially for young children because if they become infected with a bacterial or viral agent that causes diarrhea they can become dehydrated and seriously ill very quickly. The best way to prevent these infections is basic – handwashing with soap and water. This is why Global Handwashing Day is so important – children all over the gobe need to be aware that washing their hands after going to the toilet and before meals isn’t just good manners – it is vital for disease prevention.
Make sure you spread the word – wash your hands with soap and water to prevent diarrhea. Let’s prevent millions of hospital admissions for young children with acute diarrhea by improving hygiene at home and at school!
I’m a member of the British Society for Immunology (BSI) and I think they have some wonderful educational material – but this is the best educational resource I’ve seen yet!
It’s a card game called Micromania and it’s based on Happy Families and encourages children to learn about the immune system and infectious diseases in a game. Having read a review by a Freelance Science Communicator about how well they were received by 6-8 year old children she worked with I think this game would be great for several Key Stage curricula as the children can either just work on getting all the ‘malaria’ cards or try to read the text and become familiar with the technical information on the cards.
So if you teach Biology, or are a parent who thinks it could entertain your child, get in touch with the BSI for your school/child’s pack!
Sorry – this is nothing to do with card making, but still important.
TODAY IS WORLD TB DAY – it is held today because it was this day in 1882 that Robert Koch announced that he had found the infective cause of tuberculosis – a bacterium we know today as Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Even though the infectious organism is known we are still blighted by it and humans all over the world are still dying.
According to the WHO:
- Tuberculosis (TB) is second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide due to a single infectious agent.
- In 2010, 8.8 million people fell ill with TB and 1.4 million died from TB.
World TB Day is a chance to raise awareness and publicise efforts to combat the disease, so please have a look at the Stop TB Partnership website.