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Were not attending primary school in 2011, 53 per cent girls.

It is never late to start handwashing with soap

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21 October 2016
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Global Handwashing Day is marked on 15 October. This year’s theme is “Make Handwashing a habit!”  

Statistics show that in 2015 more than 300,000 children under the age of five die globally from infections linked to lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation – which means more than 800 children’s deaths per day! It is ironic that some of these deaths could have been prevented through simple behaviours like handwashing with soap.

UNICEF partners with the chain of supermarkets called Korzinka.uz to support Global Handwashing Day Campaign through enhanced visibility of the message at key places across Korzinka.uz stores in Tashkent as thousands of people visit Korzinka.uz shops daily.

People shopping or working at Korzinka.uz ask why it is important to promote handwashing as everybody knows about it. It is surprising to see how many people do not know about how this simple practice can save lives of thousands of children.

The government of Uzbekistan is committed to ensuring that children stay healthy and are protected from diseases like diarrhoea.

While washing hands is an essential practice that all parents teach their children, all of us can spread the important information on how and when to wash hands. These messages are especially important for teachers and parents, who play a critical role in forming children’s habits.

Doctors recommend washing hands with soap:

  • Before preparing a meal;
  • Before eating a meal;
  • After playing with toys or ball;
  • After touching animals;
  • After using toilet (even when toilet seat is not touched with hands).

We all agree. It is never too late to learn something new.

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