Published on October 16, 2012 at 5:51 AM
USAID recognizes the fifth annual Global Handwashing Day on Monday, noting on its webpage that "[s]tudies show that washing hands with soap is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diseases," with the ability to "cut deaths from diarrhea by almost half and from acute respiratory infections by a quarter." The webpage states handwashing "is an essential behavior to help children and families survive and thrive" and lists several resources for additional information (10/15).
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