Yet, even with the lessons from COVID-19, hygiene still struggles to gain political importance. Why? A lack of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene results not only in loss of dignity, safety, health, and education, but also economic potential. It is at the heart of “human capital,” not only for the current working generation, but for generations to come. However, the subject of hygiene has never been near the top of the political agenda, something that needs to change.
Mdm Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, is the Guest of Honour and will be making the opening address at the Global Hygiene Summit 2023, which is taking place in Singapore in February 2023. The Summit being organised in collaboration with the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (Singapore), the World Bank, the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, and WaterAid.
World Polio Day on October 24th is an annual day that highlights progress on the road to polio eradication. As new outbreaks of an archaic disease sweep the globe, hygiene experts warn that vaccination as the first line of defence must be backed up by adequate hygiene.
While influenza cases may have seen a decline over the past few years, hygiene experts are warning of a potential resurgence this winter. Too focussed on the fact COVID-19 may be becoming less of a threat, people could be caught off guard and spend the winter sicker than they may have been throughout the pandemic, they say.
The Global Hygiene Summit 2023 will bring together scientists, politicians, the private sector and civil society to generate impact through the intersection between health and hygiene ~ which is vital to safeguarding the physical and economic wellbeing of populations worldwide, both amid COVID-19 and beyond.
The first research to have been funded by the Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute, has been published in Nature Communications. RGHI is a not-for-profit foundation that was established by Reckitt plc in 2020 with a $25 million grant to generate high-quality scientific research-based evidence. This research will inform public health and policy recommendations and promote behaviours […]