The Facts


  • Washing hands 4 times a day can reduce gastroenteritis by 47% and the flu by 24% in any school setting.
  • 5000 children die every year from lack access to soap and water.
  • 80% of all infections are transmitted by hand hygiene.
  • Waterless gels do not always stop Gastroenteritis. They should not be used as a classroom alternative to soap and water in the school toilet.
  • Diarrhea and respiratory tract infections are the two of the biggest killers of children in the developing world.
  • Many schools all over the world do not have soap.
  • Vandalism is the major reason that soap is not provided in many schools.
  • Every child has the basic right to soap and water.
  • Hand washing must become second nature.
  • Sadly, adults have failed the hand hygiene challenge.
  • Many countries do not have legislation covering the provision of soap in schools including Australia.