India – Sulabh to expand sanitation campaign to include handwashing

New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Sulabh International, an Indian NGO working in the field of sanitation, Thursday announced that it will expand the campaign for hand-washing to cover mothers, doctors and others taking care of children.

We can significantly reduce the mortality rate among children caused by diarrhoea and pneumonia if those handling children ensure that their hands are properly washed before they feed them, said Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of the NGO.

The practice of hand-washing with soap is a priority concern for the current year, which is being observed as the International Year of Sanitation by the UN, Pathak said.

Sulabh has already launched a campaign to make the people aware of the importance of washing hands, but feels there is the need for intensifying the move at a larger scale.

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