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Handwashing with soap saves lives.

5 facts you did not know about handwashing, and now you know!

  1. Pneumonia and diarrhea are the top 2 fatal diseases causing child death.
  2. 1 child dies from pneumonia or diarrhea every 30 seconds.
  3. Hands are the principal carriers of disease-causing germs and it’s estimated that if handwashing with soap is widely practised, approximately 230,000 deaths could be averted every year3.
  4. The simple practice of handwashing with soap is the single most cost-effective intervention to prevent child deaths. It is proven to reduce diarrhoeal disease by up to 45%1 and pneumonia by 23%2.
  5. Lifebuoy achieved our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (PDF, 8.4MB)n target to help more than 1 billion people develop good handwashing habits, reaching over 486 million people in 30 countries.


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Through Lifebuoy’s Social Mission programmes and communications, we’ve helped more than 1 billion people develop good handwashing habits.

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