Millions of people in developing countries don’t have access to running water and they don’t have access to soap. The limited accessibility to these crucial items is what causes such an elevated number of deaths for preventable diseases.
The truth is that washing your hands with soap everyday prevents many digestive diseases, including diarrhea, and reduces the number of deaths that occur from these diseases all around the world. Washing hands is a simple and inexpensive prevention tool that is not widely practiced. Germs from human digestive waste are a leading cause for digestive problems like diarrhea. Without necessary precautions these germs are passed from one person to another very rapidly. This allows the spread of diseases, all which could have been prevented by the simple practice of washing hands.
Katie Carroll, from The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW), explains why hand washing is so important, “Diarrheal and acute respiratory infections are two of the major causes of child mortality under five so the
potential impact on child health is significant. Also, a recent study was just released indicating that handwashing notonly prevent disease, but can improve childhood physical and mental development.“
The PPPHW seeks to increase awareness about the importance of hand washing and build political commitment to developing hand washing promotion programs all around the world. They have done this by building partnerships with 11 other organizations and universities to promote hand washing. They have also promoted action by starting a “Global Handwashing Day” on October 15th that raises awareness about the importance of handwashing.
Washing your hands with soap is an affordable, accessible, and inexpensive way to prevent the spread of countless diseases. Research shows that children that grow up in a household that practices hand washing reduce their risk for diarrhea by 50%. Carroll explains that, “Handwashing is one of the most cost-effective interventions that people can do themselves without medicine.” Handwashing can also improve childhood physical and mental development!.
How can we reduce the number of digestive diseases around the world? Teaching communities about proper hand washing hygiene is a crucial
way to reduce deaths. Innovative public education campaigns like Global Handwashing Day are great ways to raise awareness and spread the word about the importance of hand washing. These campaigns need to reach and influence community leaders and elders who are trusted and can spread the world about hand washing. Once the importance of hand washing is spread worldwide, there can be significant decreases in the spread of preventable diseases.
The future of global hygiene is also in your hands NGO’s throughout the world rely on the philanthropic goodwill of others.
If you would like to assist us in achieving our goal please go to our website and nominate a country, a city, a village or a school where you would like to see children’s hygiene improved.
A $100 donation will provide 134 hand hygiene systems; allowing 800 people to wash their hands. 100% of all funds donated to the Children’s Global Hygiene Foundation go directly towards the supply of soap, hygiene systems and education programs in schools and communities.
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