There are 3 billion people who cannot wash their hands

This pandemic has reminded us that out of five people only three have a place forto wash one's handsThese data were released by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

While COVID-19 keep moving For the world, UNICEF emphasizes that it is very important to wash your hands, as this is a preventive measure to stop the contagion. In addition, it calls for increased efforts to give more people access to this basic public health infrastructure.

Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF Program Director, stated: “Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the things more effective and cheaper What can be done to protect yourself and others against coronavirus, as well as other infectious diseases. However, for millions, even something so basic is beyond their reach. ”

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The director also added that it is very important for people to know what measures to take to be able to stay safe and their families. While efforts continue to be made to ensure that basic sanitation and hygiene is everyone's reach.

The alarming reality

The data provided by UNICEF is alarming. It is estimated that 40% of the world's population does not have a space to wash their hands with soap and water in their homes. This represents almost three quarters of the people living in the least developed countries and they lack basic services.

It was also disclosed that around 16% of medical facilities do not have a place for patients to wash their hands. Also, 47% of schools do not have adequate places for around 900 million children They can wash their hands with soap and water.


According to data provided by UNICEF, 258 million people or 63% in Africa do not have access to wash their hands. In Asia, around 153 million people lack the ability to wash their hands at home. In the Philippines, 41 million people do not have access to this type of facilities either.

How to wash your hands?

The reality is that washing your hands is one of the ways to protect yourself from continuing to spread COVID-19 and other infections that can threaten our health. To continue the task of slowing down the advance of this virus, UNICEF reminds everyone of the best way to do it:

1- Wet your hands with clean water.

2- Apply enough soap to generate foam and cover both hands.

3- Rub the surfaces of both hands, including the back, between the fingers and under the nails for more than 20 secondstwo.

4- Rinse both hands with plenty of water.

5- Dry your hands with a disposable towel or a clean cloth.



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