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Welcome to the Global Hygiene Council Website

Welcome to the official website of the Global Hygiene Council. Germs are all around us, and it’s sometimes difficult to know how to protect yourself and your family from the threat of infection.  Explore our website to find out easy ways to keep your home healthy and hygienic.

  • Your kitchen sink contains 100,000 times more germs than your toilet
  • One single bacterium can become more than 8 million bacteria in less than a day
  • The flu virus can remain active on surfaces for up to 48 hours

Changing Lives – One Hand at a Time
Professor Oxford, Chair of the Global Hygiene Council

Did you know you can reduce your risk of suffering from a diarrhoeal infection by 50% just by washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds? It's a simple measure that can make a huge difference to your health – and the health of your family.

Although we may think that hand-hygiene preventable infections are minor health issues, the reality is that they have serious consequences. Diarrhoea alone kills more than 2,000 children worldwide each day. In the time it takes you to read this, another parent will have lost their child to a diarrhoeal disease.

Research by the Global Hygiene Council found that last year over 80% of children visited a healthcare professional due to a common infection. This number can be reduced through effective handwashing, but we know that this isn't routine for everyone. Our global research into the handwashing behaviour of adults has found that, on average:

  • 1 in 10 don't wash their hands every time they use a toilet
  • around 1 in 4 don't wash their hands before eating
  • 43% don't wash their hands every time they sneeze or blow their nose
  • more than half don't wash their hands after handling raw meat

This not only makes them more likely to suffer hand-hygiene preventable infections, such as diarrhoea, but also increases the risk of infection for their children who are likely to pick up habits from their parents. This is demonstrated by our data, which show that children are even less likely to wash their hands than their parents.

Breaking the chain of infection is vital if we are to help save the two million children dying worldwide each year. To do this, children need to be educated from a young age so they regard handwashing as an essential part of their everyday routine.

That's why the Global Hygiene Council is proud to back Dettol's Give Life a Hand campaign. Coinciding with Global Handwashing Day on October 15th 2015, the campaign encourages people to ‘spread health, not germs' by engaging with social media and watching, liking and sharing the Give Life a Hand posts.

You can get involved by interacting with the #GiveLifeAHand tweets and uploading a photo of you or your family's clean hands (a ‘handfie!') under the #HealthyHands hashtag. For every #HealthyHands picture uploaded, Dettol has pledged to educate a child on healthy handwashing habits. See my #HealthyHands handfie photo below!

Healthy hands mean healthy children – so spread health, not germs. It's time to break the chain of infection and make a difference to children's health across the globe.

Remember to use #HealthyHands when you upload your handfie!



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