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Handwashing

A Family Activity Keeping Kids & Adults Healthy

Family Activity1For kids, washing hands can be a fun and entertaining activity. It is simple enough for even very young children to understand . Handwashing gives children and adults a chance to take an active role in their own health. Once kids learn how to properly wash their hands, they can—and often do—show their parents and siblings and encourage them to wash hands, too.

Parents can help keep their families healthy by:

• Teaching them good handwashing technique
• Reminding their kids to wash their hands
• Washing their own hands with their kids

Improving Health

• Handwashing education in the community:
• Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31%
• Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
• Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 21%

Saving Time and Money

Handwashing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness to others.

• Reducing illness increases productivity due to:
• Less time spent at the doctor’s office
• More time spent at work or school

Helping Families Thrive
Helping Families Th riveChildren who have been taught handwashing at school bring that knowledge home to parents and siblings. This can
help family members get sick less often and miss less work and school.

Despite widespread knowledge of the importance of handwashing, there is still room for improvement. A recent study showed that only 31% of men and 65% of women washed their hands after using a public restroom

A Corporate Activity Improving Health & Increasing Productivity

Handwashing is an easy,
inexpensive, and eff ective way to prevent the spread of germs and keep employees healthy Handwashing gives people the
opportunity to take an active role in their own health. Most handwashing studies have focused on child care or health care settings. Th e few that have looked at corporate settings show that promoting clean hands results in fewer employee sick days 3.

Improving Health

Germs can spread quickly. A healthier community means healthier employees. Handwashing education in the community:
• Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31%
• Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
• Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 21%

Saving Time and Money

Handwashing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness to others. Sick employees are less productive even when they come to work. Th ey may also spread illness to others at work. One recent study promoting clean hands in corporate environments showed:

• Fewer employee illnesses
• Less use of sick days

Helping Families and Workforces Thrive

Employees with healthy children spend less time away from work taking care of sick children, are more productive at work when not dealing with family illness, and get sick less often themselves. Employers should promote employee handwashing and encourage them to also:

• Teach their children good handwashing technique
• Remind children to wash their hands
• Wash hands with their children

 

                           


            

Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2