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One hand washes the other – communities benefit from partnership on Global Handwashing Day 2020<p>Global Handwashing Day, established in 2008, was initially called the “Public Private Partnership for Handwashing”. Today’s event in Dunoon was in keeping with the public/private partnership spirit of the original campaign, as the City joined hands with multiple partners to facilitate the distribution of 8 500 smart hand washing devices as well as sanitation products to residents of informal settlements. </p><p>Alternative methods of handwashing, such as Tippy Taps and squeezy bottles, are convenient and efficient, and are especially useful for people in informal settlements who are using shared, communal taps. Throughout the month of October and across the City, Environmental Health Practitioners and Health Promotion Officers will conduct education and awareness drives on the importance of hand hygiene. Studies indicate that handwashing with soap decreases diarrhoea incidences by 44%, and further evidence suggests that respiratory illness can be decreased by 20% with better handwashing practices.</p><p>Exploring out-of-the-box solutions is therefore key to assist with providing services where the installation of traditional infrastructure is limited.</p><p>‘It’s heartening to see innovations continuing with new devices being developed recently. Tippy Tap type methods have been used for many years in developing countries around the world, and now we have Squeezy Bottles and more engineered versions too. The ‘Squeezy Bottle 2’ was inspired by the ‘1 litre CT shower’ developed by a Capetonian during the drought crisis, and has been adapted for handwashing. </p><p>‘Today the City celebrates partnerships which help scale up handwashing promotion at this critical time, and develop it as a habit in our  youngest generation.  Partnerships can indeed achieve improved health in communities, and I would like to thank the businesses which have provided handwashing devices and our civil society partners who will be trained and make it happen with beneficiaries,’ said Alderman Xanthea Limberg, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste.</p><p>A donation of 5 000 2-litre handwashing devices (known as the EaziTap) has been made by the National Business Initiative, funded by Astron Energy and will be rolled out primarily to informal ECDs in identified hotspot areas of Khayelitsha, Du Noon and Bloekombos. This will be done by three well-established non-profit organisations: Community Organisation Resource Center (CORC), Save our Schools (SOS) and Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU). The EaziTap dispenser offers a smart, simple solution for regular handwashing. The device can be easily mounted to any sturdy vertical surface and allows about 25 thorough washes per two litres of water. The design also features a spot to store soap. The National Dept of Water & Sanitation is also contributing 300 bars of soap, 300 bottles of sanitiser and 30 disinfection hampers.</p><p>Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages is providing 3 500 bottles to make Squeezy Bottle 2 devices. The Water and Sanitation Department has facilitated these donations, working in close collaboration with the Environmental Health Department and the Social Development & Early Childhood Development Department, which is also promoting handwashing in all the City-run ECDs too. </p><p>‘I would also like to thank the ECD Forums and ECDs in these focus areas who will be using these handwashing devices to help keep themselves and our children safer. We would also like to remind residents to keep water bottles and containers clean and sterile, and only use water from a tap which is a trusted source. Do not drink or use wastewater after hands have been washed in it,’ said Alderman Limberg.</p><p>Residents of informal settlements rely on communal standpipes for their clean, running water. While Cape Town’s established informal settlements receive the highest service ratio of water and sanitation nationwide, it is not always possible to provide services to the level it would like due to various factors, such as land ownership or the type of land. During lockdown, emergency water relief is also being provided via trucks as part of the City’s temporary emergency response to assist informal settlements with water for enhanced hygiene purposes and handwashing to help reduce the spread of the virus.  </p><p>For more information on proper handwashing; how to make Tippy Taps, Squeezy Bottles and bleach solutions for disinfecting surfaces; hygiene practices for shared taps and toilets and related guides, see the leaflets and short video tutorials in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa in the resources available at <a href=""></a> </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2020-10-14T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#a56018a2-0c7a-4055-af9c-df4728adb384;L0|#0a56018a2-0c7a-4055-af9c-df4728adb384|water and waste;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#c7b6d950-4aa9-4bdd-8787-e8e6dc0e9f25;L0|#0c7b6d950-4aa9-4bdd-8787-e8e6dc0e9f25|hand washing10

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