Raise the hand for hygiene on Global Handwashing Day
As the world observes the Global Handwashing Day, figures (2013) from UNICEF say 1,400 children under five still die every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene. According to UNICEF, diarrhoea remains the second largest cause of under-five mortality globally. With 600,000 children dying in each year and over 1.7 billion cases, diarrhoeal diseases are also associated with a higher risk of stunting (low weight for age and developmental delay) and take a huge toll on society. However, one of the simplest and most inexpensive barriers to infection is handwashing with soap.
To draw attention to and advocate for the improved health of millions of children, FXB India Suraksha is observing Global Handwashing Day in different pockets of India and intend to help and promote handwashing and raise awareness on the important role it plays in child survival and overall community health. Children from FXBIS (FXB India Suraksha) project villages' in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur, will participate in handwashing demonstrations and workshops around the country.
"It is only when the importance of this message is accepted by a child can the change we envisage happen. Children not only bring change in themselves they have the tremendous capability of influencing others especially their parents. Therefore our focus is to influence the child more than anything else", says Mamta Borgoyary, CEO, FXB India Suraksha.
FXBIS is dedicated to address health vulnerabilities within its intervention geographies. The target is to significantly decrease communicable and vector borne diseases as well as infant, maternal and child mortality rates. To do so, through its intensive Behavioural Change Communication (BCC) campaigns FXBIS aims to enlighten children, families and communities about issues concerning health and hygiene and facilitate access to quality health services, clean water and sanitation facilities. By arranging regular health camps & facilitating access to improved water and sanitation facilities FXBIS aims to promote health seeking behaviour within the marginalized communities. FXBIS has address health vulnerabilities of over 17, 000 people directly & indirectly and facilitated access to quality health services, clean water and sanitation facilities in 2013-2014.
FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) is a not for profit organisation, focused to provide developmental assistance to marginalized children, families and communities in rural and urban India. FXBIS works to reduce vulnerabilities in context with poverty, health, education, and security.
With the vision to see an India in which children and communities lead self-reliant and empowered lives FXBIS aims to ensure that every child achieves her/ his potential in a healthy, poverty free and protective environment.
Today FXBIS works in different pockets across 15 Indian states and Union Territories and reaches out to over 2,00,000 people through its community based multi-sectoral programmes and interventions.