UNICEF underscores the importance of handwashing for children’s health

15 October 2015

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today highlighted the lack of resources that many countries still have to improve their health situation and to combat diseases and deaths that can be avoided with adequate hygienic conditions and simple practices such as hand washing with soap.

On World Handwashing Day, UNICEF noted that in the sub-Saharan Africa region, where the highest infant mortality rates are recorded, there is also a particularly low level of handwashing.

Even health centers sometimes lack the means to carry out this practice, due to the absence of running water, among other shortcomings.

Other data reveal that more than half of the 1,400 deaths of children due to diarrhea that occur daily are due to inadequate conditions of access to drinking water as well as hygiene and sanitation.

Children in the first month of life are particularly vulnerable to diseases transmitted by contact with dirty hands, UNICEF stressed in a statement.

That UN Fund recalled that one of the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is for the population to have access to clean and living water in adequate sanitary and hygienic conditions, which is also essential to protect children from diseases. which, like diarrhea, can be lethal for them.

15 October 2015

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today highlighted the lack of resources that many countries still have to improve their health situation and to combat diseases and deaths that can be avoided with adequate hygienic conditions and simple practices such as hand washing with soap.

On World Handwashing Day, UNICEF noted that in the sub-Saharan Africa region, where the highest infant mortality rates are recorded, there is also a particularly low level of handwashing.

Even health centers sometimes lack the means to carry out this practice, due to the absence of running water, among other shortcomings.

Other data reveal that more than half of the 1,400 deaths of children due to diarrhea that occur daily are due to inadequate conditions of access to drinking water as well as hygiene and sanitation.

Children in the first month of life are particularly vulnerable to diseases transmitted by contact with dirty hands, UNICEF stressed in a statement.

That UN Fund recalled that one of the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is for the population to have access to clean and living water in adequate sanitary and hygienic conditions, which is also essential to protect children from diseases. which, like diarrhea, can be lethal for them.