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Government launches Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative

Union Government launched Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative to strengthen health centres in open defecation-free (ODF) blocks.

The objective of this initiative is to strengthen community health centres in 708 ODF blocks across the country to enable them to achieve higher levels of cleanliness and hygiene.

Key Facts
  • The Swachh Swasth Sarvatra is a part of the Union Government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission and is focused on the twin objectives of constructing toilets and enabling behavioural change.
  • It is joint initiative of Ministry of Health and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to achieve better health outcomes through improved sanitation and increase awareness on healthy lifestyles.
  • Its objective is to build on and leverage achievements of two complementary programmes – Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) and Kayakalp.
  • Under it, financial assistance of 10 lakh rupees will be given to the community health centres so that they can be strengthened to meet the standards of sanitation, hygiene and infection control.

Along with this, Union Health Minister J P Nadda and Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar also jointly launched a booklet- Healthy Children Healthy India. The booklet contains tips on leading a healthy life for children.

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19 November: World Toilet Day

Every year World Toilet Day (WTD) is being observed on 19 November across the world.

Significance of Day: Draw attention of people around the world to raise global awareness of the daily struggle for proper sanitation which in fact is a human right along with clean water.

2015 Theme: Sanitation and Nutrition. It seeks to draw attention of people across the world to raise the importance of toilets along with supporting better nutrition and improved health.

The observance of this day is coordinated by United Nations-Water in collaboration with Governments of member countries and relevant stakeholders.

About World Toilet Day

WTD has been initiated by the World Toilet Organisation since 2001. United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) gave it official recognition in July 2013 in its 67th session under the global campaign of Sanitation For All resolution.

Observance of this day now has become an important platform to demand action from governments. It seeks brings together different groups, such as media, the private sector, development organisations and civil society in a global movement to advocate for safe toilets.

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Guinness Book Recognises Madhya Pradesh’s World Record in Washing Hands

The Guinness Book of World Records has recognised a record created in Madhya Pradesh on ‘World Hand washing Day’ in 2014.

The mega hand washing event was held on 15 October 2014 to create awareness about hygiene by washing hands with soap.

It was organised in all the 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh in over 13 thousand places. In it more than 12 lakh 78 thousand students had washed their hand simultaneously.

This record broke the earlier the world record which was jointly held by Argentina, Peru and Mexico. The joint record in three countries was created on October 14, 2011 in which 7,40,870 people had washed their hands simultaneously at different locations.

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