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The Need

Diarrheal diseases kill approximately 1.8 million people per year. Globally, approximately 2.5 billion cases of diarrhea occur among children under 5 years old every year. About 80 percent of those cases are in Africa and South Asia. The World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank promote hand washing with soap as the most efficient and cost effective intervention to reduce this tragic statistic.

Besides combatting diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhea, improved hygiene with soap also addresses a wide range of lesser known, but nevertheless debilitating, tropical diseases.  These illnesses often are neglected by an overwhelmed medical system in developing countries

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Our Work

Saving lives requires not only access to soap, but also a holistic approach that integrates soap into a healthy water, sanitation and hygiene program.

Access:  

The Global Soap Project works with partners around the world to provide access to soap in a sustainable manner to enhance long-term and comprehensive local water, sanitation and hygiene programs. The recipients we target include maternal health programs, schools, community health providers, and nutrition programs

Hygiene Promotion:  

There are many examples of poor hand washing results even when soap is available. Perhaps surprisingly, in the United States less than half of people wash their hands after using the toilet. To address this, the Global Soap Project is actively partners with the Public Private Partnership for Global Handwashing (PPPHW), members of private industry, the CDC, as well as academia to develop more effective approaches and programs to create lasting hand washing habits.

Microloans:

The Global Soap Project believes in local solutions for local challenges. By providing microloans to budding soapmakers and sellers, we empower locals in the developing world to engage in hygiene promotion with economic gain.

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Donate

There is no shortage of worthwhile and innovative charitable organizations to which you can contribute time and money. Here are some of the compelling reasons why the Global Soap Project is an excellent beneficiary of your gift:

  • More than 1.8 million children die from hygiene and sanitation related illnesses each year, and handwashing with soap is the most effective way to prevent those deaths;
  • A gift of $25 can provide a year’s supply of soap and hygiene education to three people, $50 can help 5 people, and $100 can assist 10 people for a year.
  • Nearly 90 cents of every dollar donated goes toward program costs.

Global Soap Project’s Areas of Focus

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Soap in Schools

An estimated 1.9 billion school days could be gained if safe water, sanitation facilities and handwashing with soap were standard across all schools. Our Soap in Schools program aims to help learning performance and health by reducing the incidence of water and sanitation related diseases. Special emphasis is placed and teaching hygiene and creating a habit that will be sustained into adulthood.

Nutrition and WASH

Undernutrition accounts for more than one third of child deaths around the world. When children are undernourished, they have lowered resistance to infection and are more likely to die from diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections. Frequent illness also saps the nutritional status of those who survive, locking them into a vicious cycle of recurring sickness and faltering growth. A reduced growth rate, known as stunting, is a primary manifestation of malnutrition in early childhood. In 2011, an estimated 165 million children under 5 years of age, or 26 percent, were stunted.

Safe drinking water, proper sanitation, and hygiene can prevent undernutrition and stunting in children by preventing the development of environmental enteropathy and diarrheal disease. Children living in households with proper sanitation and hygiene are taller for their age, or less stunted, compared to children living in contaminated environments.14  Handwashing with soap, an element of hygiene programming, can reduce the incidence of diarrhea by 42 to 47 percent.

Community Based Healthcare

In March 2015 the WHO/UNICEF published a report drawing on data from 54 low- and middle-income countries that concludes that 35% of healthcare facilities do not have water and soap for handwashing in these countries. Without basic facilities, health centres cannot adequately prevent and control infections, placing mothers and children at risk during delivery. In 2013, more than 2.7 million newborns did not survive a month, and 99% of these neonatal deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. However, one in five newborn deaths could be prevented with safe water, sanitation and clean hands.

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