This practice is one of the healthiest and easiest
ways to prevent food borne illness and digestive discomforts. But the key is to
use a soap or a hand sanitizer every time we wash our hands.
‘By washing hands we do not only practice good hygiene standards but we are also eliminating the spread of water-borne diseases that can cause diarrhea and other diseases while protecting those we come into contact with.’
As the world celebrates annual Global Handwashing Day let us remember that
by washing hands we do not only practice good hygiene standards but we are also
eliminating the spread of water-borne diseases that can cause diarrhea and
other diseases while protecting those we come into contact with.
This is a global call to help improve the health of especially children
which in turn improve their school attendance and academic performance.
The campaign is aimed at motivating and mobilising millions around the world
to wash their hands with soap to reduce childhood mortality rates related to
respiratory and diarrheal diseases.
The aim of the campaign is to:
Six Simple Steps To Wash Hands
- Promote a balanced national handwashing programming framework
- Raise awareness of handwashing with soap as the most effective and
inexpensive way to reduce the spread of disease
- Reduce government expenditure on health (when less people contract
communicable diseases, less money will be used by government to provide free
- Focus on sanitation, water quality and hygiene at the household
Diarrhoea, Cholera, Typhoid fever and trachoma are some of the diseases
caused by bad hygiene practices. We can all fight these diseases by following
six simple steps when washing our hands:
Wet hands and apply soap well then rub hands
Rub the back of both hands
Interlace fingers and rub hands together
Interlock fingers and rub the back of fingers of
Rub thumb in a rotating manner followed by the area
between the index fingers and thumb for both hands
Rub fingertips on palm of both hands. Dry hands
thoroughly with a clean towel or paper towel. While washing our hands with
running water and soap, we also need to be mindful of our current water
situation. Once again, this encourages us to do more with less.