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City of Cape Town celebrates Global Handwashing Day 2017 in South Africa

This year, the City of Cape Town Environmental Health Department celebrated Global Handwashing across the city, reaching 1,240 people. The celebration took place during the month of October where the city that advocated for handwashing with soap and water in early childhood development centers, primary schools, clinics, and informal settlements. This year was particularly hard as Cape Town is currently experiencing  a drought, and thus, organizers promoted a water-saving handwashing technique called “The Squeeze Bottle” — similar to the tippy-tap, where water can be reused for handwashing. 

As October is the leading month into the diarrhea season, it is an ideal platform for us to include the education, awareness and the prevention of diarrhea. This year, Environmental Health Practitioners covered the following areas: Belhar (where we collaborated with Metrieux NutriScience), Elsie’s River, Mitchells Plain, Silver Town, Hanover Park and Strand, for the advocation of Global Handwashing Day.


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