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Hygiene


South Sudan children use a jerry can filled with water to wash their hands in Juba.

Good personal hygiene is important to protect you, your family and your community.

Good personal hygiene is important to protect you, your family and your community.

More than 5,000 children die every day from diarrhea and stomach disorders caused by the bacteria found in human waste. People get sick when these bacteria are spread from person to person on their hands or clothing.

But there are things you can do to help stop the spread of infection. Try to relieve yourself far away from where you cook, eat and store food. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after using the latrine. And keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered until they are healed. It is important to you and your family to understand the threat of diseases that can be spread by human waste, and avoid them by staying clean.

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