The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and partners mark the 5th Global Handwashing Day in Garowe, Puntland (Somalia)

Location

Garowe, Puntland
Participants: 
5 000

OVERALL SUMMARY: On Global Handwashing Day 15 October 2012, IOM Somalia’s Migration Health Division (MHD) launched a series of mass hygiene promotion campaigns in IDP settlements in all three regions of Somalia. Somalia’s under five mortality rate is the highest in the world (180/1,000 live births) and water-borne diseases such as Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) is one of the leading causes of child morbidity in the country.

GAROWE: 200 vulnerable women, men and children from Jowle settlement and Shabelle settlement for internally displaced persons (IDP), thronged the streets of Garowe, Puntland (Somalia) in commemoration of the Global Handwashing Day on 15 October 2012. Children from neighbouring schools also actively participated. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Timely Integrated Development Organization (TIDES), the Ministry of Health, the Garowe Municipality Office, the Puntland Water Agency and other partners distributed 1,000 jerrycans, 1,000 bars of soap to the two settlements, and promoted hygiene promotion and health awareness through skits, songs, and poems. ¬

Photo by Abdullahi Isse (© IOM 2012)

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