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The Science of Habit: Creating Disruptive and Sticky Change in Handwashing Behavior  >

Published: March 19, 2019

In this paper, the researchers propose that the “science of habit” can partly explain the challenge of handwashing behavior change. The resulting principles integrate basic science insights from psychology, cognitive science, and behavior change research.

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Hand Hygiene – Vital to Quality Care Advocacy Brief  >

Published: March 12, 2019

This advocacy brief explains why hand hygiene is vital in healthcare settings.

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Learning Page: Habits  >

Published: October 23, 2018

This learning page provides background and additional resources from the Global Handwashing Partnership, on the science of habit and its intersection with handwashing.

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Learning Page: Integration  >

Published: October 23, 2018

Good handwashing has broad-reaching benefits beyond just the prevention of diarrhea and pneumonia. It can positively impact sanitation, education, nutrition, and more. As such, handwashing can, and should, be integrated into related development projects, policies, and initiatives. Three examples of sector programs where handwashing can […]

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Learning Page: Healthcare Facilities  >

Published: October 23, 2018

Access to improved WASH can help prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections and allows healthcare staff to offer safe, clear, and desirable treatment and services to patients. Yearly, an estimated 15% of patients develop one or more infections during a hospital stay and that at any given […]

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Learning Page: Hygiene in Emergencies  >

Published: October 23, 2018

In emergency settings, handwashing is critical to preventing the spread of disease and has high potential to reduce the health impact of disasters.

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Global Handwashing Day Lessons for Planners  >

Published: October 1, 2018

This document provides a review of ten years of Global Handwashing Day celebrations, with recommendations and lessons for planners.

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Global Handwashing Day 2018 Fact Sheet  >

Published: August 30, 2018

This fact sheet explains the research behind this year’s Global Handwashing Day theme. Read the fact sheet for a brief explanation of how handwashing connects with food hygiene and nutrition, and why clean hands are a recipe for health!

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Global Handwashing Day 2017 Report  >

Published: April 2, 2018

This report highlights resources, results and success stories of the 2017 Global Handwashing Day celebrations.

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