Handwashing with soap can save lives

Hand washing with soap is one of the most effective and cost-effective means of preventing the infections that kill millions of children in Africa each year, and therefore a major tool for fighting disease on the continent.

The simple act of washing hands with soap has the potential to save millions of lives in Africa yet hand washing remains one of the most neglected life-saving practices. Hundreds of millions of people across the globe will celebrate Global Handwashing Day on October 15. Amref Health Africa joins the world in commemorating this important day.

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