Hygiene Promotion Interventions

PROJECT IDEA: To implement Hygiene Promotion Workshops and WASH in Schools based on practices shown to work, in order to raise awareness and encourage behavior change.

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COUNTRY: Nosy Komba and Nosy Iranja, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar

SECTOR OF THE INTERVENTION: WASH Software intervention, Hygiene Promotion in Schools

START DATE: January 2016

INTRO
Our interventions are direct results of evidence. We use ongoing survey data analysis (see WASH KAP Assessment on Nosy Komba) to gain insight into the WASH situation of each community.  It is necessary to intervene in both hardware and software sides of the project: providing improved sanitation in conjunction with improving hygiene practices. Dedicated software interventions allow us to track need and progress.

GOALS
The implementation of software interventions aims to:

  • reduce water-related disease prevalence
  • improve personal hygiene practices
  • raise awareness and promote behaviour change starting with school pupils and mothers
  • increase the use of quality hygienic products such as those produced by Help for Optimism

BENEFICIARIES
Hygiene promotion activities mainly target students and their mothers. Activities are carried out in 5 villages (totalling 600 people). The daily behavior change of mothers benefits all members of the household. Moreover, the central role of mothers in the Matriarchal Malagasy (Sakalava) society encourages and spreads good practices within the community, therefore benefitting all community members.

PEOPLE EMPLOYED
2 women trained to implement Hygiene Promotion Interventions

CORE ACTIVITIES

  • To implement Hygiene Promotion Workshops in schools, targeting students and mothers.
  • To explain through dedicated workshops with the help of infographics:
    • the causes and prevention of water-related diseases
    • the practice and benefits of proper hand hygiene
    • the practice and benefits of proper oral hygiene
  • to provide H40 toothpaste to each student and mother
  • to strengthen partnerships with local institutions

RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE
Proper interventions must be based on evidence. Hygiene Promotion Workshops are catered to each community’s needs as identified from survey data analysis (see WASH KAP Assessment on Nosy Komba).
David Parks, a MSc student of WASH Engineering at the University of Leeds with a relevant background in Public Health, developed our WASH survey as his dissertation. Using the survey evidence, we implement Hygiene Promotion Interventions.

PARTNERSHIPS

  • University of Leeds, School of Civil Engineering, MSc Water, Sanitation & Health Engineering
  • Ministry of Public Health of the District of Nosy Be
  • Mayor of Nosy Be
  • Presidents of the villages of Antintòrona, Antamotamo, Antrema, Anjiabè
  • PRODOTTI INDUSTRIALI Srl

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