A picture book developed by medical student Alice Huffman at Weston General Hospital is being used in some of the poorest areas of Kolkata in India to help children protect themselves from life-threatening diseases.
Children in India die from diarrhoea every year
Children in India regularly wash their hands after going to the toilet
Figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that around 300,000 children in India alone die each year from diarrhoea.
Yet it’s estimated less than 20% of all children living in India regularly wash their hands after going to the toilet.
This lack of personal hygiene increases a child’s risk of contracting life threatening diseases like cholera and typhoid and exposes them to serious infections like gastroenteritis, worm infestations and infectious hepatitis.
Miss Huffman, a fourth year student at the University of Bristol, has created the picture book, which teaches primary school-aged children how and when to wash their hands properly and the possibility of contracting a serious illness if they don’t.
As well as the book, the information can also be hosted on a website and projected onto a screen for teaching large groups.
Acceptable hand-washing before being taught
Acceptable hand-washing after being taught
The success of the project has meant Miss Huffman has won a top honour from the University of Bristol for her work on the life-saving picture book.
This book truly has the potential to help save lives.