The scandal of millions of children dying in the developing world because they accidentally eat traces of human faeces was brought to public attention at the Golden Poo Awards—the “Oscars” of the world of Health Education—held on Global Handwashing Day 2009 at the Prince Charles cinema in London. Co-organiser of the event, Val Curtis from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the TV star and family doctor Phil Hammond, who helped present the awards, told Karen Regester how handwashing with soap can save millions of lives by cutting the numbers of child infected with diarrhoea caused by faecal contamination.[audio:http://www.audiomedica.com/podcasting/lshtm/091020GoldenPooPodcast.mp3]
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