There has never been a greater focus on the health and well-being of children, yet, every day the health of the world’s children is compromised by poor hygiene practices which increase the risk of children contracting or spreading infectious diseases. The Global Hygiene Council have launched the ‘Small Steps for Big Change’ campaign to raise awareness of the risks that children face and to focus attention on the hygiene changes that need to happen to keep children healthy.


A Global Problem

The Global Hygiene Council (GHC) has developed this report to highlight the burden of common children’s infections on health, the family and society, and to review the macro threats posed to the world’s children. Common infections such as diarrhoea and pneumonia are responsible for mllions of missed school days across the world, and approximately 30%[1] of childhood deaths in developing nations.

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Read the ‘Small Steps for Big Change’ report here.

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A Global Solution

Regardless of geographical location, many paediatric infectious diseases can be prevented or contained through good hygiene practices and education. Simple measures, such as covering the mouth when coughing, hand washing or using a hand sanitiser and keeping food preparation areas hygienically clean, can have a huge impact on paediatric health and the incidence of diarrhoea, cold, flu, pneumonia and gastrointestinal infections.

The GHC 'Small Steps for Big Change' report has highlighted the five areas where improved hygiene can have the biggest impact on children's health.

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The GHC believes these areas should be a global priority for improved hygiene to reduce the 6.9 million deaths of babies and young children from infections such as diarrhoea, pneumonia and gastrointestinal disease. Show your support #SmallStepsForBigChange.

[1] South African Every Death Counts Writing Group. Every death counts: use of mortality audit data for decision making to save the lives of mothers, babies, and children in South Africa. Lancet 2008; 371:1294-1304