We opened our training center doors to the community over the past two weeks to host an in-depth handwashing series for 100 students and their caregivers, presented by our on-site licensed healthcare professional, Meron.
This was sparked by students coming to our clinic with questions and expressing growing concerns over things they were hearing at school and in the community.
Topics and demonstrations included how, why, and when to wash, according to CDC guidelines for effective handwashing and use of hand sanitizer, developed based on data from a number of CDC studies.
We learned many household members weren't aware of when to wash their hands. This was extremely helpful to know and is why it's so important to work alongside the community and listen.
With this information, our healthcare worker was able to provide accurate, professional guidance for proper protection, which our girls and their families can now share with others.
In addition to learning best practices in handwashing, each student received two bottles of hand sanitizer. One will be kept in her book bag during school hours and the other in her home for other household members to use.
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