Policy – School Wide Activity

Initiative Description: Children in the intervention schools were required to wash hands twice each day, and health messages were provided through entertainment activities

Study Results: Compared with results for the control group, in the intervention group, overall absences caused by ILI, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, and laboratory-confirmed influenza were reduced by 40%, 30%, 67%, and 50%, respectively (p<0.0001 for each illness)

Reference: Talaat, M., Afifi, S., Dueger, E., El-Ashry, N., Marfin, A., Kandeel, A., & … EI-Sayed, N. (2011). Effects of Hand Hygiene Campaigns on Incidence of Laboratory-confirmed Influenza and Absenteeism in Schoolchildren, Cairo, Egypt. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 17(4), 619-625. doi:10.3201/eid1704.101353

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good