The first Global Handwashing Day has been celebrated in 2008. Since that day, community and national leaders have been using Global Handwashing Day to promote handwashing, build Tippy sinks and faucets, and demonstrate the simplicity and value of clean hands. In the Adamaoua Region of Cameroon, the NGO APROSPEN, in consortium with SNV and CADEPI, are leading the PRESEC project, known as the « Project of the strengthening of the resilience of populations living in the northern regions of Cameroon » project financed by the European Union through the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. This project aims to strength the resilience of vulnerable populations to nutritional insecurity while contributing to social cohesion.
As part of the celebration of this 2019 Global Handwashing Day, APROSPEN conducted activities in 3 primary schools among those in the target villages of the project. Thus, there was talk of educating schoolchildren about the importance of hand washing. Moussa Awalou, PRESEC field facilitator in Meiganga, conducted awareness activities and educational talks at the Lokoti Primary School . He discussed on the importance of hand hygiene before and after the meal as well as, at the exit of the toilets. In Nganha, Edimengo Yannick, the field facilitator, conducted mass awareness sessions for schoolchildren as well as the teaching staff of the Massackbatt Primary School. In Nyambaka, Chehou Ousmanou, the field facilitator, sensitized students of the Njouroum Primary School on the theme of the day and conducted demonstration sessions on handwashing steps. During this day, in Ngaoundere, the Headquater of the Adamawa Region, Abdoulbagui, another PRESEC staff member, sensitized people at the entrance of some restaurants of the city,on the importance of handwashing.