Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Sunday, November 27, 2022


Handwashing and Hand Hygiene 

  • 3 out of 10 people, 2.3 billion, lack a handwashing facility with water and soap at home, including 670 million who  have no access to a handwashing facility at all. (WHO/UNICEF 2021)


  • 700 children die every day from diseases linked to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. (WHO/UNICEF 2021)


  • 818 million children lack a handwashing facility with water and soap at their school.(WHO/UNICEF 2021)


  • 462 million children attend schools with no handwashing facilities at all. (WHO/UNICEF 2021)


  • 1 in 3 healthcare facilities does not have access to hand hygiene where care is provided. Almost 2 billion people depend on health care facilities without basic water services. (WHO/UNICEF, 2020) 


  • It is estimated that half a million people die each year from diarrhoea or acute respiratory infections which could have been prevented with timely and thorough hand hygiene. (WHO/UNICEF 2021) 


  • Timely hand hygiene prevents up to 50 per cent of avoidable infections acquired during health care delivery, including those affecting the health workforce. (WHO/UNICEF 2021) 


  • Over the past five years, half a billion people have gained access to basic hand hygiene facilities – a rate of 300,000 per day. (WHO/UNICEF 2021) 


  • Hygiene promotion is the most cost effective health intervention. (World Bank 2016)


Source: unwater.org Updated on 21st November, 2022