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One million children die unnecessarily every year because they donít wash their hands

Over 1 million lives world wide could be saved if everyone washed their hands religiously Ė especially those under 5. Diarrhoea and pneumonia are the main causes of child death which could be prevented by hand washing. The problem is more prevalent in poorer countries. Most of the 2 million children under 5 who die from diarrhoeal diseases fall prey to contaminated water and inadequate sanitation.

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About: One million children die unnecessarily every year because they donít wash their hands

Date: 11 June 2004

Source: Medical News Today

URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=9368

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