What do you know about Hand Washing?
What do you know about hand washing?
at critical times – including after using the toilet and before eating or
preparing food – can reduce diarrhoea rates
by almost 44 percent among children under 5.
than 5,000 children every day – 1.7 million children every year – under the age
of 5 die from diarrheal diseases. Diarrhoea is the second most common
cause of death in children, accounting for 18 percent of all under-5
with soap is one of the most cost-effective interventions to
prevent deaths and disease resulting from diarrhoea.
- Handwashing with
soap can reduce acute respiratory
infections by around 23 percent. Pneumonia kills an estimated 1.8 million
children per year and is the number one
cause of mortality among children under five years old.
recent study shows that when birth attendants and mothers washed their hands
with soap, it significantly increased
newborn survival rates by up to 44 percent.
rates of handwashing with soap at critical moments – i.e. before handling food
and after using the toilet – are very low, ranging from 0 to 34 percent.
- Hands should be scrubbed with soap for at least 20 seconds. The key is to make handwashing with soap an automatic behaviour in homes, schools, and communities.
Watch the USAID’s handwashing video at http://www.globalhandwashingday.org/GHD_Video.asp