Jhabua,Madhya Pradesh: IGSSS organised Hand Washing activity for children from 0-5 years in eight villages. Around 300 villagers comprising children and their parents participated in the event.It was held in the Anganwadi centre of the respective villages on the occasion of Global Hand Washing Day.
The importance of integrating healthy habits such as keeping the environment clean, adopting hygienic practices, drinking safe water and washing hands with soap was discussed in detail. It was shared with the community that maintaining hand hygiene will help to prevent illnesses and diseases. Hand Washing with soap is one of the most economical step to control the spread of diseases like diarrohea and acute respiratory infections.
Further,it was shared with the community that as per the UNICEF report, Diarrhea and pneumonia together accounts for almost 3.5 million child deaths annually.Incorporating simple habits such as hand washing with soap before and after eating and after using toilet has helped to a great extent reduce death by these diseases.
Before the conclusion of the meeting, each of the participants were made to wash their hands with soap.The participants shared that it was a learning experience for them. They realised that how by adopting small behavior changes,they can save their children from falling prey to life threatening diseases and also contribute in reducing mortality rates.
Reported By: Mr. Prashant Thorat, Coordinator, Programmes,Jhabua