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Heeding lessons of hygiene health from a remarkable 19th century Hungarian physician

The reviews are glowing for “Dr. Semmelweis,” a play about a remarkable 19th century Hungarian physician who is now considered a giant in hygiene health. His insistence on requiring hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics led to dramatic decreases in mortality from puerperal fever—also known as childbed fever—among mothers giving birth.   The play, at London’s […]

Improving hygiene in Africa includes addressing hygiene and sanitation policy

A lack of running water in homes, inadequate hand hygiene services in health care facilities, and a lack of information on the need for basic hygiene practices are just some of the challenges low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)—including many in Africa—face when it comes to hygiene. These deficits have significant health ramifications and stand in […]

Handwashing during ‘normal times’ can reduce burden of respiratory disease

New research published in The Lancet reinforces the idea that handwashing outside of pandemic times is vital in order to reduce the burden of common colds and flu in low- and middle-income countries. Analysis of studies involving 160,000 people across three continents reinforces message that handwashing is not just for pandemics.

RGHI hosts ICA Grant information session and Q&A

The Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute hosted an information session and live Q&A on its International Collaboration Award (ICA) grant on 29th March 2023. The ICA grant will support research institutions to work in partnership to develop innovative solutions to improve hygiene practices. The aim of the ICA is to support equitable research partnerships that produce […]

Health for all remains a pipedream without hygiene

The 2023 theme for the World Health Organization’s World Health Day on April 7th was “achieving health for all.” The United Nations agency, along with the Pan American Health Organization, took the day to look back at public health successes that have improved quality of life since the WHO’s inception 75 years ago. Whilst there are many to celebrate, experts say progress has been limited because of a repeated failure to invest in hygiene and that that will continue to be the case unless something changes.