At the 2014 UNC Water and Health Conference, Dr. Pavani Ram presented a keynote on handwashing. Download her presentation here.
Prepared by the University at Buffalo, this report seeks to understand approaches and challenges to improving hand hygiene in humanitarian emergencies though conducting informant interviews with experts.
The SuperAmma campaign is the culmination of years of behavioral science research to inculcate the habit of handwashing with soap. This communication campaign is based on the Evo-Eco theory of behavior change. The website linked to here includes the approach and the materials that worked successfully in Southern India.
Through this initiative geared towards families and children, Colgate-Palmolive provides handwashing tips, educational materials, games, and downloads.
Improving handwashing with soap practices can save children’s lives by reducing preventable diseases like diarrhea and acute respiratory infections. Despite its effectiveness in reducing disease, handwashing with soap is uncommon in many countries.
The Handwashing Handbook provides guidance on designing and implementing handwashing behavior change programs. Although this document was published in 2005, the tools and guidance can still be used today. Hard copies are available upon request.
Often when an organization is designing a handwashing behavior change program they will conduct "formative research" to understand the current environment, target population, and other information necessary to design their program. If the formative research is contracted with an outside organization or individual a "terms of reference" document may be used.