WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA, www.gfa.org) – Discussing the life-threatening danger of not having proper hygiene, and one of the easiest ways to save lives, preventing the spread of disease: washing hands.
According to a 2010 report consolidated by the Centers for Disease Control with information from the World Health Organization, 2,195 children die every day from diarrhea—which is more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. The same report also states diarrheal diseases account for the second-highest cause of death among children under age 5. However, strides have been made to combat and neutralize these diseases, with many organizations and governments working together. One initiative that has found success are hand-washing awareness programs.
Washing Hands: Defense Against Disease
Gospel for Asia is one among many organizations spreading hygiene awareness in Asia, most notably hand-washing. Washing hands is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of disease. Programs organized by Gospel for Asia-supported workers help bring to light the impact clean hands have on a person’s health.
In celebration of Global Handwashing Day, a group of Gospel for Asia-supported Sisters of Compassion taught proper hand-washing to those they serve in a leprosy colony. Equipped with videos, poems, handouts and demonstrations, the workers showed the children and adults how to properly and thoroughly wash their hands…
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