Since its inception in 2008, as a product of the UN Genereal Assembly, Global Handwashing Day has prompted more than 120 million children to wash their hands with soap in 73 countries across five continents.
The objectives of Global Handwashing Day are threefold: (1) to foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap, (2) to spotlight the state of handwashing in individual countries, and (3) to raise awareness about the benefits of the practice.
The Day has been a resounding success, putting this potentially life-saving practice on the map internationally, mobilizing resources and political attention, and raising awareness of its benefits.
In 2009, the bar was raised as 83 countries representing six continents participated in Global Handwashing Day, and two new Guinness World Records were set for the highest number of children washing their hands with soap at any one time. In the Philippines, SM Supermalls expressed their support to the cause by mounting a simultaneous hand washing ceremony in all its 33 malls nationwide.
This year, SM once again observes Global Handwashing Day with its partners DOH and UNICEF.
Support the campaign for clean hands that save lives. Catch the Global Handwashing Day program, 11:00 AM, Friday at Mindanao’s premier shopping, dining and leisure destination-- SM City Davao!