Today is Global Handwashing Day! Around our planet, many are bringing awareness to the importance of washing your hands with soap. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) works with their partners in an efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths. They display the following facts on handwashing:
*Millions of children under the age of 5 years die from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia.
*Handwashing with soap could prevent about 1 out of every 3 episodes of diarrheal illnesses and almost 1 out of 6 episodes of respiratory infections like pneumonia.
*Handwashing with soap is also a key component of clean and safe birthing practices, which could save up to 40 percent of the 2.8 million infants that die during their first month of life.