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South Sudan WASH Cluster Covid-19 Positioning Paper  >

Published: March 24, 2020

This positioning paper developed by the WASH Cluster provides top recommendations for COVID-19 preparedness and response in South Sudan.

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COVID-19 Emergency Response Hygiene Programming Guidance Note  >

Published: March 13, 2020

This note developed by UNICEF provides guidance on planning and implementation considerations for hygiene promotion campaigns as part of the COVID-19 response.  

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Wash’Em Coronavirus Brief  >

Published: March 10, 2020

This guide gives you practical tips to encourage community-level handwashing behavior to control and prevent the spread of coronavirus. The guide is currently available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Bangla, and Portugese. Find other Wash’Em COVID-19 resources here.

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WHO WASH for COVID-19 Technical Brief  >

Published: March 5, 2020

This Technical Brief supplements existing IPC documents by referring to and summarizing WHO guidance on water, sanitation and health care waste which is relevant for viruses, including coronaviruses. WHO has also published a number of technical guidance documents on specific topics, including infection prevention and […]

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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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