Published in: 2010
Netherlands Water Partnership, KIT Publishers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Roose, S., Spijksma, E., van Daalen, T., Singeling, M.
Approximately 120 million children are born in the developing world each year. Halve of these children will live in households without access to improved water and sanitation, which puts their survival and development at grave risk. As a result of poor hygiene and lack of access to water and sanitation, 1.5 million under five children die every year because of diarrhoeal diseases alone.
Vast improvement in water, sanitation and hygiene are needed to meeting
Millennium Development Goal Four- reducing death among children under
the age of five by two-thirds by 2015. The importance of hygiene in water and sanitation programmes has often been neglected. Too often improvement in hygiene was thought to follow automatically once water and sanitation facilities are in place. But in practice improving hygiene behaviour requires special attention. Hand washing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrhoeal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. Yet, despite its lifesaving potential, hand washing with soap is seldomly practiced and difficult to promote.
The first edition of this booklet was launched during the Global Handwashing
Day Campaign 2010. Each year in October, Global Handwashing Day is the
centerpiece of a week of activities that mobilise millions of people in more than 80 countries across all five continents to wash their hands with soap. This booklet is the result of a successful cooperation between the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), Unilever, Aqua for All, PLAN Nederland, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre and all other organizations indicated under Collaboration and Acknowledgement.
Roose, S., Spijksma, E., van Daalen, T., Singeling, M. (2010). Smart hygiene solutions: Examples of hygiene methods & tools and tips. Netherlands Water Partnership, KIT Publishers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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