ACT Promotes the Importance of Handwashing to Rohingya Refugees

ACT once came directly to the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. ACT medical team socialized the importance of washing hands to avoid various types of diseases.

ACT medical team
ACT medical team socializes the importance of handwashing to Rohingya refugees. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, COX’S BAZAR – Global Handwashing Day occurs on October 15 of each year. The global campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of handwashing with soap as a key factor in disease prevention. According to US Center for Disease Control (CDC), One of the most effective ways to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy is also one of the simplest — handwashing with soap and water. Keeping hands clean can prevent 1 in 3 diarrheal illnesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu.

ACT once socialized the invitation to wash hands with soap to Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh. The ACT team taught them how to wash their hands properly and perfectly.

ACT visited several madrasas at that time, namely Madrasah Ta'lim Al-Quran and Madrasah Anas bin Malik in Shamlapur, and Teknaf Upazila. The classrooms became more lively when the ACT team came. While singing, the Rohingya children wiggled their fingers, following the directions of Dr. Rizal, the coordinator of the ACT Medical Team.

“These children are very enthusiastic. They joined our movement, memorized the handwashing motion, then practiced it themselves with the hand soap we brought. As simple as washing their hands, Insha Allah, they can improve their health. They are no longer easily exposed to bacteria,” said Dr. Rizal.

Dr. Rizal said that handwashing is crucial to minimize the possibility of refugees getting various diseases from dirty hands. "Washing hands with running water can reduce the disease significantly compared to only wiping hands," he added.

Dr. Rizal and ACT team also provided medical assistance to the sick refugees. ACT team provided medical treatment and medicines for free.[]