Bangladesh shows how to keep children alive

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The simplest message is about the importance of basic hygiene. Bacteria often live on people’s hands, and multiply on food. A mother in a poor country who hand-feeds cool porridge to her infant can introduce many more germs than the nipper would get from drinking water from a tap. Randomized controlled trials in Bangladesh and elsewhere have shown that teaching mothers to wash their hands and reheat food can wipe out most bugs.

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