The very simple activity of frequent handwashing has the potential to save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention. It is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, which cause more than 3.5 million deaths worldwide in children under the age of 5 every year.
When should you wash your hands?
• Before, during & after preparing food
• Before eating food
• Before & after caring for someone who is sick
• Before & after treating a cut or wound
• After using the toilet
• After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
• After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
• After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
• After touching garbage
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Hand sanitizers are not effective when hands are visibly dirty.