ghcMore than 3 million children under 5 years old will die from infectious diseases next year…This is the reason why the Global Hygiene Council (GHC) launched their ‘Small Steps for Big Change’ campaign. Five Step Plan to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

GHC calls for families, communities and healthcare professions to implement a simple 5 step plan to improve everyday hygiene practices and stop children dying from preventable infections.ghc2The GHC’s report highlights that more than 3 million children under the age of 5 years die from infectious diseases each year, almost a million children die from pneumonia each year, and more than 700,000 children under the age of 5 years die as a result of diarrhoea.ghc1“It is unacceptable that largely preventable infections such as diarrhoea are still one of the biggest killers of children globally – explains Professor John Oxford, an infectious diseases expert from the UK and Chair of the GHC – Poor personal hygiene and home hygiene practices are widely recognised as the main causes of infection transmission for colds, influenza and diarrhoea…Handwashing with soap has been shown to reduce diarrhoeal deaths by 50% and by developing this 5-step plan, we want to deliver a clear and consistent message about how small changes in hygiene practices could have a big impact on the health and wellbeing of children around the world…”