Handwashing Related Research

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PPPHW aims to publish overviews of handwashing literature twice a year that provide practical guidance for implementers. We compiled peer-reviewed and grey literature publications (including e-publications and ahead-of-time publications) between July through December 2013. From these, we selected relevant articles which allowed for practical guidance for implementation.

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Twice a year, the PPPHW publishes a summary of the latest handwashing-realated research. The summary helps implementers understand what the latest research/findings mean for handwashing programs on the ground.

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There is increasing interest in improving hand washing in low- and middle-income countries. The validity of rapid hand washing measures was evaluated by comparing them to hand washing behavior measured during five-hour structured observations.

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This report summarizes findings related to handwashing from a larger systematic review entitled “What factors affect sustained adoption of clean water and sanitation technologies?” that will be publicly available in fall 2014. 

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Video Surveillance Captures Student Hand Hygiene Behavior, Reactivity to Observation, and Peer Influence in Kenyan Primary Schools

Amy J. Pickering, Annalise G. Blum, Robert F. Breiman, Pavani K. Ram, Jennifer Davis

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This study examined the impact of clean water supply, latrines, handwashing stations, and health promotion education on Nigerian school children's health.

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This research, presented by Leanne Unicomb (icddr,b), found that including handwashing in a nutrition intervention makes sense, and has the potential to be successful.

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Handwashing Determinants and Diarrhea in Sub-Saharan Africa - An Analysis of DHS and MICS Data
This data was presented by Victoria Shelus (FHI 360) and Orlando Hernandez (WASHplus) at the 2013 UNC Water & Health Conference.

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This report from UNICEF/WHO explores the prevalence and toll of childhood diarrhoea across the globe and puts forth a 7-point plan to prevent childhood diarrhoea.

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This review suggests that clean water and soap could help prevent stunting in children.

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