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By Alain Tossounon Protective masks, handwashing devices, soap and spraying equipment were among the supplies given to the Government of Benin in early June in support of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic. The contribution was made by an organization working in the health and sanitation sector: the Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Practices Improvement […]

Maintaining person-to-person contact despite a pandemic lockdown By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – 60-year-old Sabitri knew that handwashing and staying home were critical measures in preventing the spread of COVID-19. But until she received a phone call from a researcher, she admitted she had not been taking them seriously. “But since you called,” she told […]

By Dr Elizabeth Wamera Most sanitation programmes, in their mission to change (un)hygienic behaviour, only in some cases attempt to shift gender roles and power dynamics between men and women at the household and community levels. As such, sanitation processes may inadvertently reinforce gender stereotypes relating to women’s socially prescribed care roles and intrinsic motivation […]

Handwashing with soap is an amazing tool to defeat diarrheal diseases, reduce newborn and child mortality, and much more.

What are the most effective ways to promote handwashing?

Useful resources from the Global Handwashing Partnership and WSSCC are available here

WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund has supported 13 countries to enable 15 million people to end open defecation

In the second of a seven-part series for WASH practitioners, we explore the nuances of slippage and its impact on communities.

The mission was to collect data to make proposals for a better integration of MHM into sanitation projects.

The theme of the annual advocacy event was to make handwashing a habit.

Join WSSCC and its partners this year in celebrating Global Handwashing Day on October 15th.

“We must speed up the pace and work together to achieve our goals, which are the same as the SDGs,” said Minister Ravatomanga at the workshop.

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Global Handwashing Day 2017 infographics

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Hand Washing Practice in ASEH Project Area – A Study for Impact M...

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This study examines the status and benefits of hand washing with cleaning agents at five critical times as part of the Advancing Sustainable Environmental Health (ASEH) project. It was the third part of a longitudinal study of a project in rural and urban areas of Bangladesh with an earlier baseline (2004) and mid-term impact study (2007). It was designed using an iterative Cluster Sampling Technique. The study reveals that knowledge about critical hand washing times increased significantly in both rural and urban areas at all five critical hand washing times, except for two critical times related to children in rural areas. Of respondents in rural and urban areas, 27% and 63% respectively have knowledge about all five critical times. Hand washing at these critical times increased in rural and urban areas, with the exception of hand washing before feeding young children in rural areas. Notably, 27% of people in rural and 32% of people in urban areas reported washing their hands properly at all five critical times. This paper was presented at the Hygiene Practitioners Workshop, Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 2010.