Picture book by medical student encourages children from India to wash their hands

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 October 2016

Alice Huffman.

Alice Huffman.

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A medical student at Weston General Hospital has created a picture book which may help to save children’s lives.

Alice Huffman received an award from the University of Bristol for the book, which is being used in some of the poorest areas in Kolkata in India.

The book teaches primary school-aged children how to properly wash their hands and the potential consequences of getting ill if they do not.

Figures from the World Health Organisation show around 300,000 children in India die from diarrhoea every year, but only 20 per cent of them regularly wash their hands.

This makes them more likely to contract a life-threatening illness, such as cholera.

Alice came up with the idea for the book as part of her training, where students had to complete a project of their choice.

It uses pictures and graphics so children without a high level of literacy can understand it.

The proportion of children washing their hands after reading the book has jumped from 34 per cent to 75 per cent.

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