A software-based decision-making tool that helps humanitarian actors design rapid, evidence-based and context-specific hygiene programs
Find formative research tools, learning modules and practitioner resource guides
Handwashing with soap can reduce diarrhoeal diseases by 48% and reduce the spread of outbreak-related diseases. In the aftermath of an emergency, about 40% of all deaths are due to diarrhoea – handwashing has the potential to make a lifesaving difference.
At the moment, hygiene promotion in emergencies is done by distributing hygiene kits, or educating people about disease transmission. Evidence shows that these approaches alone are insufficient to change handwashing behaviour.
There are many existing needs assessment tools. However, these take time and expertise to conduct; they are generally poor at understanding actual hygiene behaviour, and it is difficult to translate the findings into context-specific program recommendations. We offer a set of rapid and easy-to-use formative research tools, which are adapted to the emergency context and are directly linked to program design.
Existing behaviour change resources often go unread since they are typically long documents lacking information explaining how to contextualise recommendations.
We provide an easy-to-use, software-based decision support tool. The tool will help you design a hygiene program, identify delivery channels and develop innovative activities appropriate for your context.
Learn Rapid Formative Research Methods
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Get recommendations and decision support on what to include in your design of hygiene programs
This initiative brings together the expertise of Action contre la Faim (ACF), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology).
ACF are at the forefront of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programming in emergencies. In 2015, they responded to 24 humanitarian crises and delivered WASH services to 8.8 million people.
The Environmental Health Group at LSHTM is a multidisciplinary team of engineers, anthropologists, social psychologists and epidemiologists. Over the last 20 years the Group has generated an extensive range of innovative and rigorous evidence about the importance of handwashing and behaviour change.
CAWST are the sector leaders in WASH related knowledge dissemination. Their capacity-development and knowledge-sharing activities reach more than 5000 organisations, and indirectly impact more than 15 million people.
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