Fast Facts and Figures about Handwashing
- Over 1.5 million children under five die each year as a result of diarrhoea. It is the second most common cause of child deaths worldwide.
- Handwashing with soap at critical times - including before eating or preparing food and after using the toilet - can reduce diarrhoea rates by more than 40 per cent.
- Handwashing with soap can reduce the incidence of acute respiratory infections (ARI’s) by around 23 per cent.
Click here to download the Global Hand Washing day Fast Facts