For many of us in the United States, washing our hands is a part of everyday cleanliness. But for the little ones in Malawi, it has been saving lives. Curable sicknesses and infections, which could have easily been prevented by basic hygiene, are claiming lives in large numbers all throughout Sub Sahara Africa.
According to UNICEF, on average, a Malawian child will experience six bouts of diarrhea a year, and 20 percent of deaths in infants and children under the age of five are due to diarrhea. The main causes are the use of contaminated water, as well as unhygienic practices in food preparation and sanitation disposal.
The Malawi Ministry of Health states that “adoption of improved hand-washing will reduce occurrences of cholera, diarrhoea, pneumonia and malnutrition, which are among the maladies that claim the lives of children in Malawi.”
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