Your loveable little terrors get their hands into all sorts of germy messes. When you’re around, you can keep a protective watch over them and make sure their hands are cleaned after they use the toilet or before they eat. But when they’re at school? How do you know those good habits you’re setting are being followed?
School can be a place where germs are easily transmitted, as you have many children coming into contact with one another. It only takes one child who doesn’t follow those good habits to potentially spread infection to many.
Sadly in many countries, particularly in the developing world, over two thousand children die every day from preventable illnesses such as diarrhoea and some of those deaths could have been halted through the very simple act of hand washing with soap.
Dettol invests in many educational programmes around the world teaching young school age children about healthy hygiene habits. We make our programmes fun, engaging and interactive for the children. In South Africa, Dettol reaches over 2 600 schools and nearly 2 million school children through our school programme.
- In 2013 we reached over 63 million children around the world with hygiene education – hand washing with soap. We did so by providing teachers with resources to support them in reinforcing good hygiene habits and to reward children keeping their hands healthy with their parents.
- In China, we helped break two world records, working with Save the Children and the local health campaign committee in Anhui province. 2,571 children created a new record for the longest handshake chain. Adult volunteers joined in the fun, with 366 health volunteers setting a record for the most participants in a hand washing relay.
- In the United States, Lysol, our germ protection brand in the US, worked with two national US organisations to create the ‘Healthy Habits’ programme, to educate school age children across the US.
At Dettol we passionately believe in the power of hygiene education, it goes to the very core of who we are, because it helps protect children from illness and promote better health for all the family.