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Today, Essity, a global hygiene and health company with North American headquarters in Philadelphia, and the United Nations’ entity Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) launched the sixth edition of the Hygiene and Health Report.
With this report, Essity and WSSCC address opportunities and challenges throughout the human life cycle, highlighting new research, best practices and possible solutions. The report shows the societal implications of prioritizing hygiene and health in decision making, whether by a policy maker, a care professional or an individual.
The Health and Hygiene Report survey (link) polled 15,530 respondents from 15 markets around the world on questions about health and hygiene behaviors, perceptions and concerns. The survey results revealed key facts and trends about how people relate to the world through the lens of hygiene.
Effects on Public Life
“As a leading global hygiene and health company, Essity has unique knowledge and insights to drive global dialogue about the strong connection between hygiene, health and well-being. Our hope is that these survey learnings will spark conversation, awareness and develop standards in relation to health and hygiene both globally and here in the United States,” says Don Lewis, President, Essity Professional Hygiene.
About the collaboration between Essity and WSSCC:
Since 2014, Essity and WSSCC have partnered in the mission to encourage a global conversation about hygiene and health issues as well as opportunities across organizations, sectors, and countries. In 2016, we took the partnership further by jointly publishing the Hygiene Matters Report: Joining Forces for Progress. With this edition of the report, we are continuing our work. We offer new insights by combining research findings, statistical evidence, successful cases and testimonies from people whose voices are rarely heard. We also highlight solutions and actions that we identify as critical for improving hygiene and health standards across the globe and for every part of life’s course. Our ambition is to inspire and invite more players to join the dialogue and partnership and to help identify sustainable solutions going forward.
About the report:
This report is the latest edition in a series of reports that Essity has published since 2008 with the aim of raising awareness about the pivotal role that hygiene, sanitation, and health play in well-being and for individuals and communities, and to highlight solutions to some of the problems we face in these areas.
The report builds on a combination of third-party information and our own data. One data source is a global survey conducted between November 20 and December 4, 2017, through web panels in 15 different countries, collecting answers from a total of 15,530 respondents. National quotas have been used to obtain accurate representation of age and gender. Questions in the survey centered on hygiene and health concerns, public hygiene, personal hygiene, menstruation, incontinence, antibiotic resistance and sustainability.