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Clean hands save lives in Ethiopia

Clean hands save lives in Ethiopia

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Health workers in Wolyata, Ethiopia saving lives by teaching handwashing

Handwashing in Wolyata

unsafe water|poor sanitation|preventable illnesses

  • A health worker raising awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap
    A health worker raising awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap
  • Clean hands can save millions of lives, by protecting people from illness.
    Clean hands can save millions of lives, by protecting people from illness.
  • A short classroom session shows children the best ways to clean their hands.
    A short classroom session shows children the best ways to clean their hands.
  • To enable communities to adopt improved hygiene practices it is vital that they have access to the right materials: clean water, a cleansing agent (soap or ash) and a handwashing tool which takes into account their practices and preferences
    To enable communities to adopt improved hygiene practices it is vital that they have access to the right materials: clean water, a cleansing agent (soap or ash) and a handwashing tool which takes into account their practices and preferences
  • It’s a lesson learned that will help young people throughout their lives.
    It’s a lesson learned that will help young people throughout their lives.
  • Handwashing with soap at critical times – including before eating or preparing food and especially after using the toilet – can reduce diarrheal risk by about 45 per cent.
    Handwashing with soap at critical times – including before eating or preparing food and especially after using the toilet – can reduce diarrheal risk by about 45 per cent.
  • A health worker raising awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap
  • Clean hands can save millions of lives, by protecting people from illness.
  • A short classroom session shows children the best ways to clean their hands.
  • To enable communities to adopt improved hygiene practices it is vital that they have access to the right materials: clean water, a cleansing agent (soap or ash) and a handwashing tool which takes into account their practices and preferences
  • It’s a lesson learned that will help young people throughout their lives.
  • Handwashing with soap at critical times – including before eating or preparing food and especially after using the toilet – can reduce diarrheal risk by about 45 per cent.

International Medical Corps health workers in Wolyata, Ethiopia are saving lives by teaching skills as basic as handwashing.

In 2011, over 700,000 children worldwide died due to diarrhoea caused by unsafe water, poor sanitation and inadequate hygiene. Handwashing with soap can save millions of lives by protecting people from preventable illnesses like diarrhoea.

Health workers in our worldwide programmes lead handwashing sessions with their communities and in schools. This small change in habits can have a huge impact on health.

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