Evaluation of the SOPO School Handwashing Promotion Programme: Nyanza and Rift Valley Provinces, Kenya

Diarrhoea and acute respiratory infection are leading causes of death in Kenyan children (WHO, 2010). In order to move toward Millennium Development Goal 4 to reduce childhood mortality, it is critical to address behaviours that can reduce these infections, eg handwashing with soap. The Kenyan Strategic Plan recommended targeting handwashing programmes to school children because they may be more amenable to behaviour change than adults and because they can act as advocates for behaviour change in their families and communities.
Date: 20 July 2015

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

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

Date: 19 May 2015

Fronteiras Edição 2: Como Despertar para a Lavagem das Mãos com Sabão

A lavagem das mãos é uma parte essencial de bom saneamento e higiene. Quando o Saneamento Total Liderado pela Comunidade (CLTS) e o seu objectivo de comunidades ODF (Livres de Fecalismo a Céu Aberto) são totalmente compreendidos e levados à prática, é claro que lavagem das mãos está implícita na abordagem. Sem tratar a questão da lavagem das mãos e outras práticas de higiene, as comunidades nunca podem tornar-se completamente ODF, uma vez que o objectivo de serem ODF implica cortar todas as vias de contaminação fecal-oral.

Date: 16 June 2014

Hygiene and health: systematic review of handwashing practices worldwide and update of health effects

The purpose of this article was to obtain key inputs for the development of the first regional and global estimates of handwashing with soap following faecal exposure, in
view of updating the estimates of the burden of disease for the impact of this behaviour on diarrhoeal disease. The authors systematically reviewed the prevalence of the relevant hand dhygiene practices worldwide and updated the evidence linking hand hygiene practices to the prevention of diarrhoea. In both cases, they present adjusted estimates

Date: 12 June 2014

An investigation of the effects of a hand washing intervention on health outcomes and school absence using a randomised trial in Indian urban communities

This research study aimed to evaluate how an intervention, which combined hand washing promotion aimed at 5-year-olds with provision of free soap, affected illnesses among the children and their families and children’s school absenteeism. The study monitored illnesses, including diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections (ARIs), school absences and soap consumption for 41 weeks in 70 low-income communities in Mumbai, India. It showed that direct-contact hand washing interventions aimed at younger school-aged children can affect the health of the whole family.

Date: 26 February 2014

Frontières Numéro 2: Comment déclencher le lavage des mains avec du savon

Triggering for handwashing French cover

Le lavage des mains est une composante cruciale d’une bonne hygiène et d’un bon assainissement. Lorsque le concept d’Assainissement total piloté par la communauté (ATPC) et son objectif de communautés FDAL (fin de la défécation à l’air libre) sont parfaitement compris et mis en pratique, il est clair que le lavage des mains est indissociable de l’approche. Sans s’attaquer au lavage des mains et aux autres pratiques d’hygiène, les communautés ne pourront jamais devenir entièrement FDAL car l’ATPC entend couper toutes les voies de contamination fécale-orale.

Date: 20 January 2014

How to Trigger for Handwashing with Soap

Handwashing is a vital part of good sanitation and hygiene. When Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and its aim of ODF (open defecation free) communities are fully understood and put into practice it is clear that handwashing is implicit in the approach. Without addressing handwashing and other hygiene practices, communities can never become fully ODF since CLTS aims to cut all faecal-oral contamination routes. However, in practice, the degree to which handwashing is integrated into triggering and follow up, depends on the quality of facilitation.

Date: 20 January 2014

CLTS and handwashing- send us your stories and photos

The 15th October is Global Handwashing Day. To mark this occasion, we invite you to send us your pictures and stories that relate to handwashing. Perhaps you know about an innovative technique for triggering handwashing? Or a way to monitor handwashing related behaviour change? Has your organisation created IEC materials on handwashing that could be shared? Or do you have photographs from the field that capture handwashing behaviour initiated as part of CLTS?


Handwashing Infographic

UNICEF Handwashing infographic

On the occasion of Global Handwashing Day, 15th October, UNICEF has produced this infographic with important facts and figures.

Handwashing with soap at the right time - before eating or making food and after the toilet - can reduce the risk of diarrhoea, the second biggest killer of children under 5, by around 45%.
On Global Handwashing Day - and every day - the power is in your hands!

Download the infographic


Date: 14 October 2013


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