Hand Hygiene Awareness Campaign
Eradicating the Leading Cause of Death in Infants
In Uganda, like in many sub-Saharan African countries, the leading causes of death among under 5 are oral fecal transmitted diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid, hepatitis A, and respiratory infections. Hand soap and hand washing, according to WHO and UNICEF, is a cheap and most effective way to prevent life-threatening conditions.
By raising awareness of the importance of hand washing among mothers, particularly if there are children under five in the home, we are able to begin eradicating the leading cause of death in infants and young children in developing countries.
In partnership with Village Health Coordinators who conduct recurrent visits, we are working closely with families across three villages: Bwisa-Kakore, Nangara, and Kigarama. Three times a year we distribute soap, sanitary pads, and hold educational sessions.