Contributions from people like you are vital for increasing the health and well-being of many people impacted by leprosy.
One of the most effective ways we can protect ourselves and others from illness is with hygiene. It helps prevent the spread of diseases and protects those who are most vulnerable. In Australia, those practices are almost second nature. We frequently wash our hands. Shower often. Keep our kitchens and bathrooms clean and safe from dangerous bacteria. Our health-care workers are well trained and our medical facilities maintain strict standards. But hygiene can be difficult in countries where you mightn’t have access to the right facilities or supplies like soap, or haven’t had the right education on hygiene.
Everyone in Australia has access to safe water. We can drink as much as we need. But 10% of the world don't have that opportunity [icon name="external-link" class="" unprefixed_class=""]. They're forced to drink dirty water they know could make them sick.
Great advances in public health have been made because of an improvement to the access, quality and use of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. These three things can be recalled easily with the handy acronym WaSH (Water, Sanitation [and] Hygiene). In 2010 the Millennium Development Goals—the framework for global development—reached its target of supplying 90% of the world with safe drinking water. But there’s still a long way to go for sanitation and hygiene—the target for providing access to sanitation facilities was missed by 700 million people.