Swachh Bharat Is In Your Hands
Hand Washing is Becoming a Forgotten Habit
Hands are the primary carriers of germs and diseases, but often the ones you forget to clean. Fortunately, the solution for this seemingly complex problem is exceedingly simple. A bar of soap and water. That’s all it takes!
Rahman is a busy 6 year old boy. After school, the voices of his friends calling him out to play ring louder than that of his mother, reminding him to wash his hands before lunch. He hesitates, rubs his hands off on his old shorts and quickly gobbles his food down. Little does he realise, that his negligence could lead to the ingestion of millions of germs, found on his little hands. A seemingly small mistake, but one that could have grave consequences.
It’s stories like this one of Rahman that is part of the reason why India loses almost 4,500 children to Diarrhoea and Pneumonia every single day. Also why India has the highest number of child deaths compared with other nations, from these two fatal diseases alone. A staggering 6 million children do not live to see their fifth birthday each year.
Hands are the primary carriers of germs and diseases. The common practice of washing hands in India is to only wash hands with water when palms are visibly dirty. This, coupled with the lack of awareness around the ways and frequency at which you should maintain hand hygiene, is why this problem is leading to everyday diseases.
Fortunately, the solutions for this is simpler than you might think. A bar of soap and water is all it takes. Washing hands with soap can help reduce the risk of diarrhoea by up to 45%. That’s worth making the effort for, to feel healthy and happy.
Hindustan Unilever, through the new Swachh Aadat, Swachh Bharat campaign, encourages everyone to learn the lifesaving habits of good hand hygiene. It is important to wash hands regularly and thoroughly to fight illness. The 5 most important occasions for washing hands with soap during the day are:
Help us spread the message of 5 – adopt the new ‘clean hand habits’ and teach others in your community. For more details of how to wash hands using soap and how to prevent infections, click here for Lifebuoy's advice.