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Good personal hygiene is essential for both health and social reasons.

Keeping yourself clean affects how you look, feel about yourself, and keep yourself healthy and protected from various diseases and illnesses.

It also gives you acceptance among other people by giving them the impression that they are “safe from catching diseases” when you’re around them. 

Hygiene Basket for Refugees
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Importance of Accessing Basic Hygiene Items

Worldwide, diseases have spread noticeably in recent years due to many factors, including lack of sources, armed conflicts, wars, malnutrition, refugees, and the global movement of immigration. 

Accessing essential hygiene items is crucial because many diseases and health conditions can be prevented or controlled by following appropriate personal hygiene.

Efficient body washing practices using basic hygiene items such as clean water and soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste are sufficient to prevent all diseases related to hygiene.

Here are some of the reasons why hygiene is this much important

  • Good hygiene prevents the spread of diseases.
  • Good hygiene prevents physical and mental pain.
  • Good hygiene limits and controls all hygiene-related illnesses.
  • Good hygiene boosts the person’s social and personal acceptance. 
  • Good hygiene boosts confidence and self-esteem.
  • Good hygiene promotes health for both the people and the community as a whole.

Necessary Supplies for Infants

Infants are the most fragile to diseases; they need special care and attention to pass their first year safe from all diseases. The newborn hygiene care includes bathing, skin care, and changing diapers.

Usually, infants’ hygiene care supplies can go from a basic small set of supplies to a huge one, according to how much money is spent on these supplies. 

We are keeping it simple as we discuss the necessary supplies for infants.

  1. A bathtub and bath towels.
  2. Spong bath and a soft washcloth.
  3. Mild non-perfumed soap and soft hair brush.
  4. Diapers, wipes, and clothes.
  5. Baby nail clippers.

Necessary Supplies for Children and Women

Refugee children and women also need hygiene baskets that include the necessary supplies to help them live as healthily as possible.

There are some mutual elements that both women and children need as basic hygiene supplies, such as;

  • Hands soap, body soap, and shampoo bottles.
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes.
  • Hair brushes and combs.
  • Clean undergarments, towels, and slippers.

As for women and young girls, one of the essential supplies included in their hygiene baskets is sanitary supplies to use during menstruation.

Pads, underclothes, shampoo, body soap or shower gel, moisturizing cream, and nail scissors are crucial to every girl and woman to maintain their hygiene and overall health.

 Necessary Supplies for Men

Men as well need necessary supplies in their hygiene basket to help them maintain their overall health, such as; 

  1. Hands and body soap.
  2. Toothbrushes and toothpaste.
  3. Towels, slippers, and hair combes.
  4. Scissors, razors, and shaving gel. 

Components of Hygiene Kits

Hygiene kits have common components which are beneficial for all users, such as

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste.
  • Hands soap, body soap, and shampoo bottles.
  • Hair brushes and combs.
  • Shower gel and sponge bath.
  • Clean undergarments, towels, and slippers.
  • Wipes and paper towels, and tissues.
  • Scissors, razors, shaving gel, 
  • Nail clippers and sanitary supplies to use during menstruation.

Impact of the Hygiene Kits on Refugees’ Life

We do not notice how often we use hygiene components during our day.

Let me tell you how much. We use them a lot! Keeping ourselves clean and neat is not only to maintain our general health; we do that because it boosts our presence in our community among our family, friends, and peers. 

When we provide hygiene kits for refugees, we help them be and feel better physically, mentally, and socially.

It is the little things that make the big difference in someone’s life, and by providing hygiene kits to refugee families, we’re leaving a great impact on their lives, health-wise, psychologically, and socially-wise.


What Should be Included in a Hygiene Pack?

-Toothbrushes and toothpaste.
-Hands soap, body soap, and shampoo bottles.
-Hair brushes and combs.
-Shower gel and sponge bath.
-Clean undergarments, towels, and slippers.
-Wipes and paper towels, and tissues.
-Scissors, razors, shaving gel, 
-Nail clippers and sanitary supplies to use during menstruation.

What are the Hygiene Standards?

1-The main hygiene promotion standards, defined by sphere, focus on knowledge and behavior.

2. Hygiene promotion, to be aware of key public health risks related to water, sanitation, and hygiene.

3. Identification, access to, and use of hygiene items.

4. Menstrual hygiene management and incontinence for men and women.

Why are Hygiene Kits Important for Refugees?

Because it boosts the overall health of people and the community, in addition to boosting the person’s presence and acceptance among other people.