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Does your neighbor wash his hands?

64% of women wash their hands after visiting the toilet. This may seem a little, but only 32% of men answered yes to the question
64% of women wash their hands after visiting the toilet. This may seem a little, but only 32% of men answered yes to the question
 

The American Journal of Public Health defined the problem in these terms: "Are your neighbors washing their hands?" A study conducted in North America have shown that 64% of women wash their hands after visiting the toilet. This may seem a little, but only 32% of men answered yes to the question.

Yet, says the journal, handwashing with soap is the most effective and cheapest way to prevent infectious diseases: most respiratory infections (and of course the H1N1 flu), diarrhea and others.

In 2009, poor hygiene has been the second leading cause of infant mortality in the world! A report published by WHO and UNICEF, says there have been more than 1.5 million children deaths.

This is more than the AIDS, malaria and measles put together. But there are effective treatments - inexpensive, but very accessible. Therein lies the problem. "In developing countries, only 39% of children with diarrhea receives treatment", denounced the report. "We know where children die of diarrhea and what to do to prevent these deaths," said  Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.

According to the report, "the unhealthiness of the water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene are responsible for 88% of diarrheal diseases. WHO and UNICEF have naturally developed a plan of action. Besides the question of water supply, the authors stigmatize the poor hygiene.

Wash your hands, then proclaim hygienics from all sides. That is why the UN support the World Day for Handwashing, recalling that this gesture can help us meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. "A more systematic washing hands with soap contribute greatly to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

 
 
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