Improving handwashing in humanitarian crises

IMPROVING HANDWASHING IN HUMANITARIAN CRISES: METHODS FOR RESEARCHING HANDWASHING PRACTICES AND BEHAVIOUR

October 15th is Global Handwashing Day. Sian White is conducting a study in Irak and DRC to better understand handwashing practices among internally displaced people. The general objective of the research is to develop deep understandings of the determinants of hand hygiene in emergency settings so as to contribute to the development of rapid and effective intervention tools; the ultimate goal of the research will be to equip emergency responders with the knowledge and tools to intervene rapidly and effectively on hygiene behaviour. The full findings of this research, including practitioner resources, will be available in 2018. In this blog post, Sian White, the project’s lead researcher, shares four research methods she has been using and what these have revealed so far.

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