Washing hands reduces diarrhoea risk
Washing hands substantially reduces the occurrence of diarrhoea among children from poor socio-economic background.
Compared with children from control neighbourhoods, those from a neighbourhood encouraging hand washing with soap had a 53 percent lower rate of diarrhoea. In addition, the plain soap intervention was linked to a 39 percent reduction in the number of days with diarrhoea. No apparent advantage was seen for using antibacterial soap rather than plain soap, since the antibacterial agent has no effect on many organisms that cause diarrhoea.
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