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Promoting Handwashing Behavior: The Effect of Large-Scale Mass-Media and Community Level Interventions. New Findings from an Impact Evaluation in Peru

Promoting Handwashing Behavior: The Effect of Large-Scale Mass-Media and Community Level Interventions. New Findings from an Impact Evaluation in Peru
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). November 2012
  • This paper focuses on a handwashing promotion intervention which attempts to improve child health by changing this key hygiene-related behaviour rather than by implementing large and costly infrastructure investments in water supply or sanitation. In particular, the document analyzes the Global Scaling Up Handwashing Project in Peru, a large-scale intervention that aims to generate and sustain handwashing with soap behaviour at critical junctures among mothers, caregivers, and children up to 12 years old in rural households. By trying to change the underlying factors that determine handwashing behaviour (such as knowledge, beliefs, and accessibility of soap and water) among the target population, which is expected to result in improved handwashing behaviour, the program tries to disrupt the causal chain that links poor hygiene with parasitic and microbiological disease transmission and thus ill health in children. Thereby, the study focuses on the following relevant outcomes: exposure to the intervention, changes in determinants of handwashing behaviour (knowledge, beliefs, and access to/placement of soap and water), handwashing behaviour (self-reported and observed), environmental contamination, and child health. To measure these behaviours and outcomes, the study combined different quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques, including detailed questionnaires, structured observations, microbiological analysis of samples of children"s stools, drinking water collected in the field, and anthropometric measures performed by health experts.
  • Geographical coverage: Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Behaviour change, Children, Communication, Community participation, Health, Hygiene, Practices and habits
  • Main target audience: Policy makers, Project managers, Project planners
  • Main purpose: Impact evaluation, Reporting on project findings/outputs
  • Type of resource: Lessons learned, Recommendations
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Published in 2015