Childhood diarrhea is the biggest cause of child mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa and the second biggest killer of children worldwide. Annually it accounts for 2.2 million children’s lives, killing more under-five year olds than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.
GlaxoSmithKline's Personal Hygiene & Sanitation Education (PHASE) project is helping to reduce diarrhea-related disease by encouraging school children to wash their hands. GSK established PHASE in 1998 and has so far invested over USD 7 million in the program. PHASE is run in partnership with AMREF, Save the Children and Earth Institute at Columbia University, as well as national Ministries of Health and Education in countries where the program is active.
PHASE provides resource-poor teachers with child-based, relevant education materials and it is also synonymous with concurrent development of water, sanitation and hand washing facilities in schools and the ‘ tippy-tap’, a highly effective, low-cost technology to provide water for hand washing particularly when the resource is in short supply. The program provides in-school education about hygiene and sanitation practices using child-friendly and context specific materials and techniques and ‘child-to-child’ or ‘child-to-family’ education promoting on hygiene and sanitation practices essential to health and well-being.
|Location||East Asia and Pacific, Zambia, United Kingdom, Uganda, Tajikistan, Senegal, Philippines, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, Malawi, Kenya, Indonesia, India, Brazil, Bolivia, Eastern Africa, Bangladesh, Western Europe, South Asia, Latin America and Caribbean|