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Coronavirus and handwashing

While the coronavirus is a global threat to anyone with underlying health issues, the poorest and most vulnerable people in all societies are likely to be hardest hit - both at home and in communities around the world.

With the help of Oxfam supporters, we've been supporting communities around the world to stop the spread of diseases for decades - providing hygiene training, water tanks, taps, loos and soap.. And with your ongoing support, our volunteers and staff living in communities around the world will keep up their vital work, helping people to stay healthy and tackling the injustices that trap them in poverty.

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How to wash your hands

Looking for the best way to wash your hands? Here are some Oxfam staff and volunteers to show us how it's done.

Hygiene beats poverty

All The Mothers Say Thank You

Julienne loves to sing and write songs. Most of her songs are about handwashing, water, sanitation, and hygiene.

She lives in DRC, where water-borne diseases pose a serious threat to public health. She wants to change people's habits.

Thanks to an Oxfam and UNICEF funded water project, her community has access to safe water.

Aleppo Handwashing Day


Learning to wash your hands properly can make a huge difference to your health and the health of those around you.

Two years ago 500 children and their families were forced to escape Aleppo because of conflict. When they were finally able to return the city's infrastructure has been badly damaged by fighting and clean water wasn't easily available. The families came together with Oxfam to organise an event for Global Handwashing Day.

Children performed songs and took part in games focusing on the importance of using soap for handwashing, as well as the right way to wash hands. They also learned how to conserve water so that there was enough for everyone.

Each person received a bag with soap, toothpaste, toothbrush and disinfectant at the end.

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