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October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

Forget Cannes – check out the Golden Poo Awards, 2009

October 23, 2009
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OK, so Global Handwashing Day on 15 October may have passed you by, but take a minute (well, 3 minutes) to watch these two winning entries (less than two minutes each) for the accompanying Golden Poo awards.


 

Behind the humour is a very serious purpose of course. Handwashing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, which are together responsible for the deaths of over 3.5m children before their 5th birthday, every year. [h/t Cat Pettengell]

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  1. Duncan thanks for sharing these very enjoyable humourous shorts that are aimed at addressing a serious problem. While hand washing is definitely an effective way to prevent disease, I can’t help but think about the disconnect between the message and the reality/ opportunity. How can we expect children in very impoverished places to wash their hands with soap and water if water itself is a scarce (and often unsafe) resource? Moreover, if at least 1 billion people lack access to sanitation, how effective can a hand washing campaign be?

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