South Asia has declared October 15, Global Handwashing Day (in fact, 2008 is the International Year of Sanitation). It is the United Nations attempt to show children throughout South Asia to wash their hands and help stay germ free. 120 million children in 70 countries are expected to participate in this cleaning extravaganza.
According to the United Nations, just washing your hands is not enough. There must be soap involved. It is vital. And according to UNICEF, washing with soap can lessen diarrhoeal disease by 40% and respiratory infections by 30%. These are the main causes of death for children in India.
To watch a video on how to properly wash your hands, click on this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7670991.stm