Dirty hands are one of the leading causes of infections and diseases, especially among children, and hand washing is the best way to prevent such illness. But rarely do children remember to wash their hands before a meal, unless instructed by parents or teachers.
The lives of kids are the most active – they are constantly with their friends in playgrounds, scribbling with crayons on their notebooks or playing with their toys – therefore, it becomes even more important for them to wash their hands before meals.
As children spend a substantial part of their time in schools, taking care of their hygiene here is of utmost importance.
Some school bathrooms are equipped with a bar of soap or liquid hand wash. But soap bars tend to get dirty after repeated usage and children hesitate to use them; and handwash might be easily misplaced.
Access to hand wash or cleansers are often limited and it is not possible for parents or teachers to be with children at all times, making sure that they wash hands before every meal and after using the bathroom. Keeping this in mind, Savlon came up with an ingenious initiative this Children’s Day.
All students have ID cards in schools that they wear around their necks throughout the day. In a unique initiative to help children remember to always wash hands, Savlon designed a unique ID card under its Swasth India Mission which has a multi-use hand wash sachet inside it.
The initiative is simple – to give handwash access to children whenever and wherever. It not only encourages hand hygiene but also enables with the innovative idea. Now, even without the availability of soap, they will always remember to wash their hands. This campaign has been piloted in 32 schools and will be rolled out in 1,000 more over the next 6 months.
This isn’t the first such initiative. Last year on Children’s Day, Savlon came up with the idea of mixing Chalk Sticks with soap. Each time a student’s hand came in contact with water, the chalk turned into washable soap. On Global Handwash Day as well, another initiative was introduced, encouraging children to understand the value of cleanliness.
As the future of our nation, the health of our children is crucial and it is important that we spread awareness in this regard.
Source of news : Thelogicalindian