Recently Dettol Pakistan makes Guinness World Record for most participants in a hand washing relay race. The event was held at Metro Cash & Carry in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi where 1636 students from various local schools participated enthusiastically. The previous record was made by India, with 1400 participants in 2015.
One of the things Guinness was concerned about was to ensure that the 8 steps of hand washing are followed. Dettol during the activity taught the participants these 8 steps of hand washing. Also, to validate the activity dettol had third party witnesses and volunteers. According to Guinness requirements no witness could stay longer than 4 hours. The entire activity went on for about 10 hours.
According to an estimate by UK based global charity, Water Aid, in Pakistan around 25 million people defecate openly leading to lack of water and sanitation. Also, according to a report by World Health Organization (WHO) in Pakistan 46% population does not have a hand washing facility at their homes.
Every 10 minutes in Pakistan, 1 child dies of diarrhea. The simple act of hand washing can change this. According to an estimate by UK based global charity, WaterAid, in Pakistan around 25 million people defecate openly leading to lack of water and sanitation.
Momal Sheikh, Nadia Hussain and Sarwat Gillani were also present at the event. Dettol’s successful achievement of the Guinness World Record is meant to draw attention to the importance of hand washing. Here is the official announcement by Guinness World Record.