Handwashing is one of the most effective interventions for reducing diarrhoea but only one in four people in low-income countries have handwashing facilities with soap and water at home according to UNICEF and the World Health Organization.
To answer the question of which methods to promote handwashing are most effective, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), in partnership with WSSCC, funded a systematic review to look at approaches to change handwashing and sanitation behaviour.
“Based on 60 research studies from low-and middle-income countries worldwide, we identified several promising promotional elements to improve handwashing and sanitation behaviour change, as well as barriers and facilitators for implementation of promotion approaches,” said Emmy De Buck, Manager and Lead Researcher at the Centre for Evidence-Based Practice (CEBaP), Belgian Red Cross-Flanders.
On October 24 from 2pm to 3.30pm (CET) WSSCC will be hosting a Webinar to discuss the results of the study presented by De Buck and moderated by Chaitali Chattopadhyay, Senior Programme Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation at WSSCC.
“There is a growing recognition towards the importance of robust evidence such as systematic reviews to assess what works and what does not in order to improve policies and programming. WSSCC is making its humble contribution towards this effort,” said Chattopadhyay.
Click here to register for the Webinar.
Read the full report: ‘Promoting handwashing and sanitation behaviour change in low- and middle-income countries A mixed-method systematic review’ http://www.3ieimpact.org/en/publications/systematic-review-publications/3ie-systematic-review-36/
The summary report: http://www.3ieimpact.org/media/filer_public/2017/08/30/srs10-handwashing.pdf
The policy brief click here: http://www.3ieimpact.org/media/filer_public/2017/08/29/srs-handwash.pdf
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Handwashing with soap is an amazing tool to defeat diarrheal diseases, reduce newborn and child mortality, and much more.