COMMUNITY HYGIENE PCC Global Health July 18, 2022


Community hygiene is the cooperative effort to bring greater health and prevention of disease to a group of people living near one another.

In many countries, children learn valuable hygiene and sanitation knowledge at a young age. But, in large parts of the world, knowledge on how to prevent illness and maintain hygiene is not widely known or taught.

“Community hygiene is foundational to social progress.”

Core Community Hygiene and Sanitation Practices Include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water
  • Keeping dishes and utensils clean and off the ground
  • Using a toilet to keep feces separate from people
  • Sweeping the home and keeping rubbish off the floor to prevent environmental contamination
  • Keeping livestock separate from the home
  • Washing bodies regularly to maintain physical cleanliness

Community hygiene is vital to keeping everyone healthy, but especially those with weakened immune systems, those under the age of five years old, and the elderly.”

What are the Benefits of Community Hygiene?

Community hygiene helps prevent infectious diseases from spreading throughout a neighborhood, school, compound, office space, and more. Hygiene practiced regularly creates healthier communities.

Community hygiene helps improved cleanliness and individual confidence is boosted.

On a more global scale, community hygiene helps save lives of the world’s youngest children.

Impact of community hygiene education.

Successful hygiene education inspires real and lasting improvements to current hygiene practices. It also promotes positive attitudes towards practices that prevent the spread of disease.

It’s something that everyone can learn to do, no matter age, income level, or education attained.

But, when it comes to hygiene, community members must depend on knowledge and concern for each other to stop disease transmission. This is true everywhere, but it’s particularly vital in low to middle income countries where healthy community hygiene and sanitation knowledge is not widely accessible.




Reference: Community Hygiene article by Lifewater organization.

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