Spotlight on handwashing in rural India

Findings from a study on hand hygiene related knowledge and practices in four Indian states. Hygiene behaviours are critical to prevent leading causes of death and diseases in children, particularly diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections (ARI) among children under age five. An analysis of causes of neonatal and child mortality in India found that half of all deaths in children under five years were a result of pneumonia and diarrhoeal diseases.

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