Monday, October 15, 2012

Wash Your Hands - Save A Child!


Little Man and Little Missy are both active and curious children. On a daily basis their little hands would have touched over a thousand things around them. Regardless to say, they would have millions of germs growing and living on them. Unbeknownst to them and even to us the adults is how harmful some of these germs might be on them.

I often hear complaints from my children about tummy-aches that led to diarrhea. It is really no surprise to me at all with their habit of putting their fingers into their mouth after not knowing where and what they have touched within their reach everyday.

We are blessed to be living in a place like Singapore in which we have been educated about the importance of maintaining personal hygiene. It is believed that hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses.

Here's a little info graph to guide and remind our kids on when should they wash their hands:

In many countries around South East Asia and Africa, some 3,000 children under the age of 5 die daily due to diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia. Many of these deaths were due to being misinformed and lack of knowledge of how to take precaution and proper care. Such deaths can be prevented through the simple habit of regular hand washing with soap but these children don’t live beyond 5 years of age to realize the need to do so.

I can imagine the pain of the parents of the kids who didn’t make it past their fifth birthday due to such deaths. If they had been given the knowledge of how a simple act of hand washing could help save their child’s life, they wouldn’t have to suffer the loss of their precious little one.

For the fifth year now, on Global Hand Washing Day, Unilever through its Lifebuoy brand, works with the Millenium Villages Initiative brings hygiene education to children across 10 countries in Africa. The objective of this campaign is to help save young children from potentially fatal diseases caused by poor hand hygiene.

Join me, would you? Let’s help these ill informed children reach the age of 5, as we pledge to save them by clicking the pledge button in Lifebuoy’s Facebook page (click here to get there). That’s all it takes! 

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