Washing hands with soap could save your child’s life. Celebrate Global Handwashing day and introduce great handwashing habits for you family
As parents, we spend a lot of time worrying about kid’s physical and mental health. To be honest, once you have kids, keeping them safe from all threats becomes your biggest obsession.
One of the areas that you should definitely obsess over is the hygiene factor. Washing hands with soap play a big part in ensuring the health of your baby. When I was pregnant, my mother constantly reminded me to wash my hands, when cooking, when preparing. Her words constantly ring in my head, that is why I am supporting Global HandWashing Day. Culturally, even visitors are discouraged within the first month of the babies lives so as not to expose them to harmful germs.
What is Global Handwashing Day?
Global Handwashing Day on the 15th of October is a day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
Why is it necessary to have a day like Global Hand Washing day
We constantly hear the statistic about the death of children in poor countries. We also live in one of those poor countries. Research shows that over a 2.5 million children in the African continent will not reach the age of 5, due contracting preventable illnesses such as diarrhoea and respiratory disease. An article by thewaterproject shows that a lack of sanitation and access to clean water in South African’s rural communities has increased the risks waterborne disease.
Washing hands with water and soap significantly reduce this risk . This is something we as parents, irrespective of where we live can control because the most vulnerable to this disease are children within their first 28 DAYS OF LIFE. That is the time in most of our communities when the mothers spend the most time with their baby, as they both recover from the process of birth. This is even more meaningful to us as mums, because by just washing her hands with soap, we give our babies a chance for survival.
That is the time in most of our communities when the mothers spend the most time with their baby, as they both recover from the process of birth. This is even more meaningful to us as mums, because by just washing her hands with soap, we give our babies a chance for survival.
This is even more meaningful to us as mums, because by just washing her hands with soap, we give our babies a chance for survival.
A mother’s story: Saving the life of your child through one simple act
Irrespective of where we live, we are trying to do what is best for our children. Here is an amazing video of an experiment, featuring Eunice an expectant mother, from Migori in Kenya. Migori has one of the highest rates of newborn fatalities in Kenya. Eunice like all expectant mums is looking forward to meeting her little blessing. Thanks to Lifebuoy she gets to “Meet Her” a little bit earlier than she expected.
In order to highlight this message Lifebuoy recently shared the story of Eunice, a mother-to-be living in Migori, an area in Kenya that has the highest rate of new-born fatalities in the country. Watch the real life experiment where Eunice ‘meets’ her unborn child, Sherry who thanks her mother for taking such good care of her while she was still a baby, an experience that changed Eunice’s life forever.
Tips on making washing hands with soap become an ingrained habit
Are you looking for ways you can ensure that handwashing with soap is engrained in your family>? This infographic presents some basic information about how to bring your family into the journey of handwashing, if you find it useful please share it using the code.
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Good health to you and yours,