Do interventions to promote hand washing prevent diarrhoea? Evidence Update, Diarrhoea Series, September 2009
Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries.
This Evidence Update is adapted from Ejemot, R. I.; Ehiri, J.E.; Meremikwu, M. M.; Critchley, J. A. Hand washing for preventing diarrhoea. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD004265.
Promotion of hand washing among children and their care givers can reduce the number of episodes of diarrhoea in children by about 30%.
Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium (EHCRC), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, 2 pp.