UNICEF to Launch World Hand-Washing Day

Although many will undoubtedly make fun of UNICEF’s decision to launch a ‘hand-washing day,’ those with a bit of knowledge about the benefits of having people wash their hands regularly are likely to applaud the effort.

You see, if people would just wash their hands several times per day, thousands of lives would be saved every single day.

An estimated 5,000 children die daily from diarrhea, AFP reported, but ‘half of those deaths could be prevented if they washed their hands with soap before meals and after going to the toilet,’ according to AFP spokeswoman Veronique Taveau told AFP.

Especially children and adults in Asia and Africa could be saved if people would only wash their hands regularly, but the benefits of washing hands would also be apparent in the West. As PoliGazette reported last week, $30 billion could be saved in the United States if hospitals would force their employees to wash their hands regularly.

As such, the initiative of UNICEF should be encouraged. Sometimes, easy, common sense solutions actually work.

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2 Responses to UNICEF to Launch World Hand-Washing Day

  1. Kim says:

    Washing hands is certainly  important but there is an even more insidious problem – namely – How many people wipe their noses on their fingers \ hands , pick their noses , lick their fingers ? And how many germs – in both directions – are spread in this manner ? In my experience – a lot – and it is especially bad if they are handling food . It spreads disease in the work place , down the market and in shops . It leads to lost work time and is costly – both in business and in personal terms .

  2. Susan says:

    I’m a 1st grade teacher and we’ve had lots of problems with hand hygiene and the kids and I have been sick quite a bit. Lately, I started using a hand sanitizer that has no alcohol and it has been really great. SkinWear, which I bought from a chiropractor I see in Northbrook IL swears by it. It doesnt dry out my skin like the alcohol ones do. The kids love the smell. I’m really happy with it.