Childs play: Harnessing play and curiosity motives to improve child handwashing in a humanitarian setting

Publication year
2019
Country

In humanitarian emergency settings there is need for low cost and rapidly deployable interventions to protect vulnerable children, in- and out-of-school, from diarrhoeal diseases. Handwashing with soap can greatly reduce diarrhoea but interventions specifically targeting children's handwashing behaviour in humanitarian settings have not been tested. Traditional children's handwashing promotion interventions have been school-focused, resource-intensive and reliant on health-based messaging.

WASH in Emergencies Problem Exploration Report: Handwashing

Publication year
2016
Emergency type
Country

Handwashing practices prove to be an effective and easy way of ensuring the health of populations affected by emergencies and humanitarian crieses. However, access and implementation of appropriate handwashing technologies act as barriers in emergencies. Three areas of exploration that would improve accessibility of handwashing techniques in emergencies include: improving links between practitioners and developers of handwashing technologies, developing adaptable handwash station infrastructure, and identifying clear drivers to promote handwashing practice and maintenance of facilities.