Hygiene, the actions people take – or the behaviours they engage in – to counter the biological threats they experience is foundational to individual and public health.
The need for specific hygienic behaviours differs between cultures and geographies, as the threats to human health and their interpretation differ. This has led to some stark global inequalities in hygiene and health.
The economic consequences are substantial. RGHI intends to address the hygiene inequalities that result in the death or disability of millions of people each year by concentrating on two core areas of activity.
Work undertaken in these areas has the overarching objective of improving health outcomes for individuals and communities throughout the globe.