One of the most important projects we realised this year has been the “Health hygiene and prevention training” in which we treated with particular attention the first fundamental hygienic rule: hand washing.
With our hands, we touch people, we grab things, we shake hands… Hands are always in touch with the surrounding environment. Because of this, they can also transfer germs and pathologies if we do not take care of them properly.
Washing hands is a simple act, important for our well-being and for people around us: according to the WHO, a proper hygiene can reduce the incidence of the diseases by 30-50%.
“Poor WASH conditions lead to diarrhea, one of the major causes of deaths among children below five years old. Long-term exposure to unsanitary environments can also cause stunting, leading to very poor educational outcomes. Intestinal worm infection rates in the Philippines go up to as high as 67 per cent—higher than most countries in Southeast Asia” UNICEF reports.
For these reasons, Kito wants to increase prevention measures, to stop epidemics and avoid infections.
As the WHO recommends, we suggest washing hands with clean water and soap for at least 30 seconds, rubbing the entire surface. With this simple practice, we can reduce by 10 times bacteria on our skin.
Our beneficiaries, 200 Filipino inhabitants, were namely young women with on average two children and all of them declared to our staff that they would transfer the new acquired knowledge in terms of hygiene to their sons and daughters.
After we provided the trainings, we furnished facilities to put lessons into practice by distributing to every participant soaps for personal use.
San Francisco, Camotes Islands.