There are scores of water borne diseases which are preventable with proper education on healthy hygienic habits and effective sanitation methods. It is important to inculcate these healthy habits in children and ensuring that they realize that they are responsible for their health. Empowered with water sanitation and hygiene information these children can be harbingers of change in their communities.
To begin with, the importance of hand washing must be taught to children. It is crucial that they understand that by washing their hands with soap and water after playing, using the toilet and before eating food they can prevent diseases and ill health.
There are still countries in the world where open defecation is a practice. The concerned governments must take necessary action to provide toilets with water to curtail this practice. This practice also leads to poor hygiene where people don’t wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet. The importance of flushing the toilet after each use is also lost in many areas. One way of spreading the message effectively is to use the visual media.
Another important area of focus is to teach the importance of clean surroundings. Children should be taught not to litter and to dispose of waste only in designated areas.
The importance of storing drinking water in clean vessels must be explained. They should be taught safe storage and water consumption methods to prevent the spread of diseases.
When you teach healthy habits to children and ensure that they incorporate the same into a daily routine you can be sure that positive change will ensue. They turn into ambassadors of sanitation and hygiene in their community and can also take the lead in transforming the bad habits of the elders of their community. It is, therefore, necessary that all organizations focus on educating the children to bring about a change in the society.