Saving Millions of Livesby Teaching a Good Practice
Girl eating in school Global Handwashing Day, held onOctober 15 eachyear wasoriginally created for children and schools. The dayfocuses on childrenwho suffer disproportionately from diarrheal disease and acute respiratory infections, which are directly associated with poor sanitation andhygiene practices. Research also shows children can be powerful agents for changing behaviours such as handwashing with soap in communities.


Handwashing with soap is the most effective way to prevent diarrheal disease and acute respiratory infections, however, washing hands with soap is seldom practiced. Millions of children die from these diseases and infection in low and middle income countries, which combined together, are responsible for the majority of all child deaths.


Turning handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention.

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