From a very young age, we’re taught that humans have basic rights. We’re taught to distinguish bad from good and to stand up for those less fortunate than us in their fight to regain control over their rights. These rights are the reason we can practice freedom of speech, freedom of thought, that we’re able to move around freely in our country. These are just a few of the things in our life we tend to take for granted. Similarly, we rarely think of “hand hygiene” as one of these basic human rights.
Hand hygiene seems like a given. It’s such an integral part of our everyday lives that we never stop to think about it anymore. Living in established first world countries, we have food in our fridge and rarely meet hunger in our communities. We have clean drinking water running in our taps, and access to hand washing utilities nearly wherever we go. But not everyone is so fortunate.
Much had been said about the right for food-stability, and indeed organizations across the world are working to end world hunger. But how many similar organizations provide sanitizing solutions to people everywhere? Could you name a few right off the bat?
Maybe hand hygiene doesn’t seem like such an issue. “It’s just hand washing,” one could think, “hungry people need food more than they need hygiene”. In this article, we want to point out a few reasons not to overlook hand hygiene.
Because lacking hygiene endangers people around the world.
That may sound exaggerated, but the facts don’t lie. According to the CDC, “An estimated 801,000 children younger than 5 years of age perish from diarrhea each year, mostly in developing countries. This amounts to 11% of the 7.6 million deaths of children under the age of five and means that about 2,200 children are dying every day as a result of diarrheal diseases.” These diseases are closely linked with the practice of hand hygiene and unclean water sources. The CDC adds, “An estimated 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation (more than 35% of the world’s population).”
Think of the latest COVID-19 pandemic. Underdeveloped countries are a ticking time-bomb. Their access to means that could help delay the spread of the virus is low. These countries don’t have the infrastructure we take for granted, like available face masks, social distancing observance and enforcement, and yes, hand hygiene, too. Hand washing is one of the most widely agreed-upon methods to stop the contamination of further surfaces – and developing countries simply don’t have the resources to practice it as well as they need, especially in rural areas.
According to the UN, “The right to sanitation entitles everyone to have physical and affordable access to sanitation, in all spheres of life, that is safe, hygienic, secure, and socially and culturally acceptable and that provides privacy and ensures dignity.”
We can’t turn a blind eye to their need, no matter how hard each country is hit by the pandemic right now. In these trying times, it’s more important than ever to help those of us struggling with access to basic human rights. Just like we wouldn’t turn our backs on a starving nation, we can’t turn our backs on nations in need of sanitizing solutions. Washing hands literally saves lives.
Here at Soapy, creating a safer, more hygienic world is one of our ultimate goals. Our advanced ECO Hygiene Micro-Stations helps users perform a thorough wash cycle with every single use, and we know more people can use it for the better. We are aware of how privileged we are to have access to these resources. This is why we promise to donate an ECO Hygiene Micro-Station to a facility in a developing country where it can help local communities for every 10 units sold.