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


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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.

MOGADISHU: IOM, in close partnership and in coordination with local implementing partners and the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) cluster, organized a “birthday party” in Mogadishu targeting children who were about to celebrate their fifth birthday, with lots of fun activities involving: snacks, balloons, a football game for the boys, and henna for the girls. IOM staff, Somali Government officials and NGO implementing partners distributed 700 bars of soaps, 650 jerry cans, 300 hand washing promotion T-shirts, and 200 hygiene promotion stickers. They also taught each of the children and their mothers how to wash hands properly.

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