When your child is born whether it be your first or your 4th, your wish is for your child to be healthy and live a long prosperous life. Unfortunately for many children this is not possible.

Did you know that in 2016, 5.9 million children died before they reached the age of 5 years? Most of these deaths could have been prevented by something as simple and as easy as washing your hands with soap at key times during our everyday lives.

The theme for Global Handwashing Day 2016 is “Make handwashing a habit!”. A habit is something that you do regularly without really thinking about it. Why is washing our hands such a big deal?

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Did you know that one gram of poop can have 1 trillion germs living on it? And that those harmful germs are transferred to your fingertips. The amount of germs found on our fingertips after using the bathroom is shocking.

Did you know that handwashing reduces the spread of germs while handling food? A school teacher did an experiment with her class to show this.  This experiment can be done by anybody and is a great way to visually demonstrate the importance of washing your hands.

The teacher had three groups of children that prepared a sandwich. The first group washed their hands before preparing the sandwich and after. The second group did not wash their hands before preparing the food, but did wash their hands after going to the bathroom. The third group did not wash their hands before preparing the sandwich nor did they wash their hands after going to the bathroom.

The children noticed how the sandwich prepared by group 3 started going off and moldy very quickly followed by the second group and lastly the first group.

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When should we wash our hands? You should always wash your hands before handling food and after using the toilet.

By doing this you could save your and your family’s lives! Let’s make a pledge today to make handwashing a habit!

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www.globalhandwashing.org

 

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