The effect of hygiene promotion in WASH interventions

17 August 2017

This paper looks at how best to close the gap between knowledge and practice in relation to hygiene promotion within water, sanitation and hygiene interventions.

Jong Hyon Hwa turns on a tap with water supplied by Concern Worldwide’s gravity fed water supply system in Daesong, Singye, North Hwanghae, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Photo taken by Pae Ryong Il / Concern Worldwide.
Jong Hyon Hwa turns on a tap with water supplied by Concern Worldwide’s gravity fed water supply system in Daesong, Singye, North Hwanghae, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Photo taken by Pae Ryong Il / Concern Worldwide.

Obtaining effective hygiene behaviour change through Hygiene Promotion (HP) remains a challenge. A discrepancy exists between the scientific knowledge now available about human behaviour and the HP interventions implemented by aid agencies. Quality standards need to be defined and applied to ensure minimum quality of HP interventions. This paper presents some insights and practical recommendations for closing the knowledge behaviour gap.

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