World Handwashing Day (October 19)
On October 19, USAID Mission Director Douglas H. Ball celebrated World Handwashing Day with young people in rural Adjara whose schools have new toilets and sinks thanks to USAID’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program. Why WASH? Because public health depends on clean running water.
The World Health Organization reports that 88 percent of diarrhea and related conditions are caused by unsafe water. Within Georgia, the incidence of waterborne illness is highest in the Adjara region – more than three times higher than the national average. USAID has provided 1.5 million USD to install sinks and toilets and to teach hygiene in 20 Adjara schools and 10 primary healthcare clinics. The program is implemented by the Georgian Medical Group.