India is about to celebrate it’s 72nd Independence day tomorrow from the British rule. It is our opportunity to reflect on what strides our country has taken in the sector of infrastructural growth, economy, culture, technology. India has come a long way when it comes to the above factors. However, hygiene and sanitation challenges are never-ending and always the pressing issue in one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
We at Be. The Solution are determined to help give something back to the rural population of India. Be as an idiosyncratic brand proposes to contribute 5% of the net revenue for Hygiene Awareness and Sanitation Initiatives and Projects for women and girls in Rural Communities by providing sanitation loans for women to build a basic washroom facility in her home.
However, in addition to this, we want to educate people on our basic hygiene rights and needs. Hygiene poverty is a growing epidemic all over the world. This Independence Day we would like to educate people on what is hygiene poverty and what can you do to help yourself to be free from this situation.
What is Hygiene Poverty?
This is the inadequacy of housing for most urban poor invariably leads to poor home hygiene. Personal and domestic hygiene practices cannot be improved without improving basic amenities, such as water supply, wastewater disposal, solid waste management and the problems of human settlements.
Poor sanitation and hygiene and the resulting malnutrition have a generational impact as it lowers future earnings and keeps people trapped in poverty.
Future generations will be affected by hygiene poverty as they will not have access to good jobs and education. To elaborate on this further here are few examples:
Lack of Clean Toilets
Poor sanitation can sometimes be the initial domino that starts a cascading wave of other problems. In the case of India, poor sanitation and open defecation have allowed for an overwhelmingly unhygienic environment and a variety of widespread health problems. In India, there are more people who openly defecate on a regular basis than live in the entirety of Africa. Out of the 1.2 billion inhabitants, 802 million lack any sanitation services.
Lack of Clean Water
It is essential that we safeguard our future generations from water-borne diseases. The World Bank estimates that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are linked to unsafe water and the lack of hygiene practices. Further, more than 500 children under the age of five die each day from diarrhoea in India alone. Bathing in clean water is also a huge challenge in rural India. The only options some may is to bathe in open water sources which contaminate the water thus having implications on the health for the local population who consume that water.
Lack of Education on Hygiene
A lack of clean water and sanitation can mean that diseases spread, especially sickness and diarrhoea. This leads to children being absent from school and affects their ability to learn. And without education, it is hard to break out of poverty. Schools are a key battleground in the battle against water-borne disease. When schools have these three components of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), kids are healthier and enrollment increases, especially among girls.
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