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Making Handwashing with soap a family habit

Washing hands with soap could save your child’s life. Celebrate Global Handwashing day and introduce great handwashing habits for you family

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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.

Make washing hands with soaps and water a family habit. Hand washing saves the lives of children who could die from contagious but preventable illnesses. Here are tip on how to make these family habits.

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Learn more about Global Handwashing Day by visiting Lifebuoy’s Facebook page or Lifebouy.co.za. Follow the hashtag #high5forhandwashing on social media to keep abreast of this life saving campaign.

Good health to you and yours,

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2 Comments

  • Reply Michelle

    I couldn’t agree more Lindi, it’s such an important habit and if we teach our kids at any early age it becomes part of their daily lives.

    October 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm
    • Reply lindiwem

      Hello Michelle thanks for your comment , yes our children can only learn from us

      October 20, 2016 at 1:55 pm

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