Triggering Handwashing with Soap in CLTS: Insights on What Works from Malawi

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The CLTS approach was introduced to Malawi in 2008; since 2011 it has been a key component of a national strategy for making Malawi Open Defecation
Free (ODF) by 2015. In 2012, all districts in the country were implementing CLTS with promising results on behaviour change for latrine use. Given
the widespread adoption of CLTS and its ability to effect behaviour change, it was hypothesized that the approach can be leveraged to also trigger
demand for handwashing with soap. This Field Note summarizes the approach taken to pilot the integration of handwashing triggering in the CLTS process in Malawi and its results.

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This Field Note is part of the UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Sanitation and Hygiene Learning Series, designed to improve knowledge of best practice and lessons learnt in sanitation and hygiene programming across the Region. The series has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
in support of improved knowledge management in the sanitation sector. The documents in this series cover the following topics:

  • CLTS in fragile contexts
  • CLTS at-scale
  • Small towns sanitation
  • Mobile-enabled sanitation and hygiene programming
  • Regional supply chains for sanitation
  • Sanitation marketing
  • Handwashing with soap
Date: 19 May 2015
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Malawi
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