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WASH'em - Improving Handwashing Behaviour Change Programs in Humanitarian Crises

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Aimed at humanitarian organizations WASH managers, Wash'Em is a process that includes tools, resources and software for rapidly designing evidence-based and context-adapted handwashing behaviour change programmes in emergencies.
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Capacity Development
Both national and subnational
Both urban and rural
Organization responsible for the tool
CAWST - Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology
LSHTM - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
ACF - Action contre la Faim
Detailed description of Tool

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 behavior. The Wash’Em process involves using 5 rapid assessment tools to understand behaviour. Then you enter your findings into the Wash’Em software which will give you tailored programme recommendations. The assessment tools include:

  • Rapid Assessment Tools
  • Research
  • Do the Rapid Assessment Tools
  • Input
  • Input data in Wash’Em software

Wash’Em uses simple language and an easy-to-use process. Each of the 80+ activities come with step-by-step guides. The process, tools and resources were created by Action contre la Faim (ACF), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology).

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