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The State of Handwashing in 2016  >

Published: March 28, 2017

2016 was a big year in hand hygiene! This summary outlines key themes and findings from 59 peer-reviewed handwashing-related research papers published in 2016, relevant to low and middle-income countries, around 1) the benefits of handwashing with soap, 2) handwashing compliance, 3) approaches to handwashing […]

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July to December 2016 Research Summary  >

Published: March 7, 2017

Between July and December 2016, we identified 37 relevant peer-reviewed studies on handwashing. Learn about key findings during this time period in this handwashing research summary from the second half of 2016.

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“Dirty Hands Can Be Scary!” poster campaign by St. Louis County Department of Public Health  >

Published: December 30, 2016

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health worked diligently for six months to create an effective handwashing campaign for distribution to their community. Since the campaign began in October, they have been promoting these efforts on a national, and even international level, to encourage others to help in preventing […]

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Research Summary, January – March 2015  >

Published: August 3, 2015

This research summary reviews the relevant peer reviewed studies published in the first quarter of 2015.

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Research Summary, April – June 2015  >

Published: August 3, 2015

Between April and June 2015 17 relevant peer reviewed handwashing studies were identified. Read what we learned about behavior change, handwashing hardware, and the benefits of handwashing here.

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Children as Handwashing Change Agents: A short review of the evidence  >

Published: June 17, 2015

Many global health behavior change programs focus on influencing children, given their adaptability. In the early years of life, children are still learning about the world, identifying social norms, and forming lifelong habits, so this is an opportune moment to help them develop the habit […]

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Scaling Up Hygiene: A PPPHW event at AfricaSan4  >

Published: June 4, 2015

As  a follow-up discussion to our Regional Think Tank at AfricaSan4, we hosted a session examining the challenges of bringing hygiene improvement to scale. In this session we presented three components of scaling up: policy, partnerships, and integration. Katie Greenland (LSHTM) presented the equity argument for scaling […]

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2015 Africa Regional Handwashing Think Tank  >

Published: June 3, 2015

Our 2015 regional Think Tank event hosted at the AfricaSan4 Conference in Dakar, Senegal, brought together experts to discuss the theme of Three Big Ideas in Handwashing, including emotional motivators, behavior settings, and the science of habit. Presentations included: Emotional Motivators: A big idea in (handwashing) behavior […]

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2012 Handwashing Behavior Change Think Tank  >

Published: June 1, 2015

The PPPHW’s Handwashing Behavior Change Think Tank in 2012, held in New York City, aimed to take stock of the best, identify the gaps; and articulate the way forward for handwashing behavior change in the key areas of research and practice, including: Critical times for handwashing; […]

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Handwashing Research Summary – Quarter 1, 2015  >

Published: April 30, 2015

Between January and March 2015 16 relevant peer reviewed handwashing studies were published. Download our research summary to see what these studies found about the behavior, hardware, and benefits associated with handwashing.

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