Are Your Hands Clean Enough? Study findings on handwashing with soap behaviour in Kenya

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Water and Sanitation Program
Summary

Past initiatives in Kenya have focused on raising awareness of hand washing with soap, but they have not fully translated into behaviour. This study aims to provide baseline information on hand washing behaviour in detail. It looks at behaviour practised with regard to hand washing with soap, as well as factors that influence hand washing behaviour in schools and in the community. The study found that awareness about the importance of hand washing with soap is high, especially after using the toilet. However, awareness regarding the relationship between hand washing with soap and diseases, and how this affects the day-to-day lives of children and the entire community, is weak.

About the publisher

The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) is a multi-donor partnership administered by the World Bank to support poor people in obtaining affordable, safe and sustainable access to water and sanitation services. WSP works directly with client governments at the local and national level in 25 countries through regional offices in Africa, East and South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and in, Washington D.C. www.wsp.org

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Last updated: Tue, 03/22/2011 - 18:10