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Call For Infectious Films

PooP, in association with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London International Animation Festival (LIAF) and the Global Handwashing Day coalition have launched a competition for short animation films, which tackle the serious issues of hygiene and sanitation in an engaging and thought-provoking way.

Why is poo public enemy number one? Some 2.6 billion people -- nearly half the world's population -- don't have access to a toilet. Diseases caused by poor sanitation and hygiene, such as diarrhea and cholera, kill 5,000 children everyday -- that's nearly two million preventable deaths a year. Access to sanitation can reduce these deaths by more than 30% and hand washing with soap can reduce them by more than 40%.

The winning films will form part of a global awareness-raising campaign in association with the Global Handwashing Day coalition (including the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Health Protection Agency, DFID, Dew Point, WHO, UNICEF, WaterAid, Pump Aid, Unilever, P & G, GSK) to publicize the importance of good hygiene practice and adequate sanitation.

Award presentations and screenings will take place at the LIAF festival (Sept 2009) and at the Global Handwashing Day "Golden Poo Awards" (10.15.09).

Deadline is May 15, 2009.