In ‘Hand to Hand’ we gain insight into the everyday realities of people from different parts of the world, many of whom live in conflict or disaster areas. It is difficult to imagine what it would be like to live in such challenging and vulnerable situations. But what unites us all, regardless of our life situation, is our need for the essentials of daily hygiene and health.
For some, this is a matter of life or death, like for the 4.5 billion people globally who lack access to safely managed sanitation. For others, it is about daily routines and living a healthy, active life.At Essity, a hygiene and health company, we gather and share insights and pursue a knowledge-based public dialogue to raise hygiene and health standards worldwide. This is part of our overall contribution to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Progress is being made, but much more needs to be done.
Paul Hansen is a world-leading photojournalist. With his photos and stories, we want to share the importance of hygiene, and how better hygiene practices can improve people’s well-being worldwide every day. For instance, up to 70% of healthcare-associated infections could be reduced through improved hygiene practices. This means not only that improved hygiene can improve health outcomes in the short-term, it can also improve the long-term productivity of a community.