COMMUNITY HYGIENE PCC Global Health March 15, 2022

COMMUNITY HYGIENE

According to an article by Lifewater International, Community hygiene is defined as 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.
  • On a more global scale, community hygiene helps save lives of the world’s youngest children.
  • It promotes better health and well-being of individuals and the community at large.
  • It helps families stay healthy and be more productive.
  • With improved cleanliness, individual confidence is boosted.

 

Reference: Community hygiene-Wash in rural villages, March 9, 2020. https://lifewater.org/blog/hygiene-community/

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