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WinS Review Meeting for Zones 4 & 6A on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Hotel Orchid, Mumbai. The designated participants- District Governors and District WinS Coordinators.

What We Do?

Group Handwashing is a path breaking innovation that can potentially improve the education and health outcomes of 110 million children who have mid-day meal daily, across India . Group Handwashing ensures that all children wash hands in groups’, stand facing each other, exchange positive message, make eye to eye contact and enjoy the process. Handwashing with soap before the govern sent- supplied Mid-day Meal (MDM) is important because children are most energetic, enthusiastic and open to new ideas and change. As powerful agents of behavioural change, children can take lessons they have learned at school back Home to teach their parents, siblings and elders on good hygiene behaviour such as handwashing with soap. The handwashing stations are simple, scalable and sustainable, and rely on usage of minimum water, while the facilities are developed using local materials. The Mission institutionalizes group hand washing with soap sessions before the mid-day meals are served, which is supervised by teachers, DM cooks and also by Child Cabinet members.

Fast Facts:
  • Washing hands with soap at two critical times — after using the toilet and before eating food — reduces the incidence of diarrhoea by an average of 30 per cent.
  • Handwashing with soap is one of the most cost-effective interventions to prevent diarrhoea-related deaths and disease.
  • Handwashing promotion in schools can play a role in reducing the number of days children miss school.
  • Handwashing with soap is one of the most cost-effective interventions to prevent diarrhoea-related deaths and disease.
  • By washing hands with soap children get the nutritional benefits intended, rather than ingesting bacteria, germs and viruses.
Key Benefits of WinS Program.
  • Provides a healthy and protective school environment minimizing the risk of disease, abuse and exclusion to ensure that every child’s basic needs are set, thereby contributing to the right of every child to receive quality education with better health and equity outcomes.
  • Promotes equity by ensuring that all children have access to child friendly WASH facilities, helping children to reach their full potential. This includes the provision of separate toilets for boys and girls, guaranteeing privacy and dignity and contributing to girls’ school attendance and retention. Gender norms and physiology make privacy more important for the girls than boys, and biological realities mean that girls need adequate sanitary at school to manage menstruation.
  • Discourages the habit of open defecation in the community by encouraging children to insist their family members for a toilet in their homes.
  • Supports school nutrition. The simple act of washing hands with soap before eating the school aid-day real assists in breaking disease transmission routes.
  • Encourages pride and commitment to school in the children and their communities. It enables every child to become an agents of change for improving water, sanitation and hygiene practices in their families and within their community.

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