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Research about Hand Washing Campaigns in Peru

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BANGKOK, 1 August 2013 (IRIN) - Soap and clean water for effective handwashing can help boost a young child's growth, according to the first large-scale scientific review to link hygiene to height - one measure of child nutrition.

While medical studies have amply proven how improved hygiene can reduce outbreaks of diarrhoea - a leading killer among children under the age of five - they have not systematically measured the impact of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions on a child's height.

The latest study showed a "small but improved" average growth of half a centimetre among children who received clean water and soap for handwashing as opposed to those who did not. Researchers found clean water and soap reduced stunting by up to 15 percent.

There is growing scientific evidence that repeated bouts of diarrhoea reduce a gut's ability to absorb life-enhancing nutrients that allow children to develop mentally and physically.

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One more reason to promote the Hy2U!