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Don't forget to wash your hands

Indonesia, October 15, 2008

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A Mercy Corps survey in five provinces of Indonesia found that only 30 percent of school-age children wash their hands before eating and after using toilets. Handwashing reduces the spread of waterborne illnesses such as diarrhea, a major cause of malnutrition in children.

Mercy Corps' Sumatra Healthy Schools Program trained field officers to deliver an action-based program designed to help children remember to wash their hands and the importance of handwashing with soap to staying healthy.