September 7, 2017
All of these. While handwashing isn’t the only solution to problems like these, it’s a simple, effective pathway to multiple health and non-health benefits
Up to 48% of diarrheal diseases could be prevented if people consistently wash both hands with soap at various key moments. This is why handwashing with soap should become a habit! Learn more here.
Research estimates that though many people are aware about the importance of handwashing, only 19% of people wash their hands with soap after contact with excreta from using the toilet, cleaning a child's bottom, or other ways. Even in high income settings, less than 50% were found to wash their hands with soap. This means that most people in the world are missing out on the benefits of handwashing with soap! Learn more here.
Around 272 million school days are missed each year due to diarrhea. That’s the equivalent of more than 1.5 million school years! Learn more here.
False! In fact, running water isn’t necessarily required for handwashing. Any handwashing stations, or simple taps made from a bottle and string (called tippy taps), can be used in the absence of running water. All that’s needed for handwashing is clean water and soap.
This is false, but it’s a common assumption. There are number of reasons why people don’t wash their hands – they may be busy or tired, not motivated to do so, not have access to a handwashing facility (access to water and soap), or not know the benefits. Engaging and participatory activities linked with emotional motivators such as disgust, nurture, and a change in behavioral settings can encourage people to wash their hands consistently. Learn more here.
Research estimates up to 70% of diarrhea cases are associated with poor food hygiene. This is why handwashing with soap before eating, preparing food, and feeding others is so important! Learn more here
Handwashing with soap should be practiced before eating, preparing food, and feeding others (including breastfeeding). Other examples of important times include after using the toilet, touching animals, touching garbage, and after caring for a sick person or treating a wound.
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