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My name is Berck I’m a 17 year old Young Reporter from Kinshasa, and I want to tell you how I spent October 15th   celebrating World Handwashing Day.

“Clean Hands, zero microbes” was the national slogan aiming among  to reduce mortality rates in communities, and particularly child mortality.

My Young Reporter friends from Kinshasa and I took part in the ceremony celebrating this day held at the EP4 Maluku school, a rehabilitated school in the remote Maluku municipality of the city of Kinshasa.

The lack of drinking water, soap or ash for daily use has truly dramatic consequences for the survival of children. It is estimated that each year in the world more than a million children under 5 years are lost to diarrheal diseases, commonly called “dirty hands” diseases.

Just a few years ago some parts of Maluku were threatened by cholera, but the population was able to avoid this calamity through practicing proper hand washing. However, these people still face risk since they lack clean drinking water and lack hand washing devices.

The Convention on Children’s Rights stipulates in Article 24 that every child has the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health. Thus I appeal to authorities and their partners to take urgent action to provide clean drinking water to the population, to make available the devices necessary for proper hand washing; and to further sensitize the population about the merits of good hand washing practices. We will have to stay tuned…

Image: UNICEFDRC/Gwenn Dubourthoumieu

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