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Ecolab Promotes Cleanliness and Health on Global Handwashing Day

October 13, 2017

  • Up to 200 diseases can be prevented with proper hand hygiene
  • Correct handwashing can save 8 million lives a year, according to the World Health Organization
  • To celebrate Global Handwashing Day, 40 volunteers from Ecolab hosted educational workshops on disease prevention for more than 350 children in schools throughout Latin America

Mexico City, October 13, 2017 - Every year, 1.4 million children do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday because of diarrhea and pneumonia. Handwashing with soap is one of the most effective ways to prevent these diseases and 200 others, including influenza, pneumonia, whooping cough and bronchitis. This simple behavior can save 8 million lives every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

In partnership with the Project WET Foundation, Ecolab, the world leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies, has developed the Clean and Conserve Education Program, an interactive curriculum designed to teach youth about water conservation and healthy hygiene practices – including proper handwashing.

As part of Ecolab’s mission to create a cleaner, safer and healthier world, and in recognition of Global Handwashing Day on 15 October, Ecolab conducted educational workshops at elementary, middle and high schools throughout Latin America on the proper handwashing technique to eliminate most disease-causing pathogens. In Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela and Guatemala, the program reached more than 150 children. In Mexico, more than 200 students in the States of Mexico and Monterrey benefited from the training.

Since launching the program two years ago, Ecolab and Project WET have created awareness about the importance of disease prevention through proper handwashing for more than 200,000 students in Latin America. As part of the interactive curriculum, Ecolab volunteers teach the students five easy steps for proper handwashing:

  1. Wet hands and arms to the elbows.
  2. Apply soap (bar or liquid) on the palms of the hands.
  3. Rub hands vigorously for 20 seconds, including forearms and in between fingers.
  4. Rinse from hands to elbows.
  5. Dry and apply hand sanitizer.

To amplify the learning, teachers receive a complete instructional booklet that they can use to train students in other classrooms, and students receive a book to take home to share the learning with family members. To learn more about Project WET and access the curriculum in multiple languages and interactive online activities, go to www.projectwet.org/cleanandconserve.

About Ecolab
A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2016 sales of $13 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

For more Ecolab news and information, visit http://es-mx.ecolab.com. Follow us on Twitter @ecolab or Facebook at facebook.com/ecolab.

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