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Event Summary: From Research to Advocacy–Using evidence to drive change

November 7, 2017

Formative research can help practitioners understand determinants of handwashing behavior, improve program design, and develop achievable—and even scalable—outcomes for policy and programs. Using evidence can also enhance advocacy to influence decision-makers, stakeholders, and donors to adopt, integrate, and invest in hygiene interventions. To explore the […]

Sherifa: A shining star for WASH

October 10, 2017

By Joseline N. Annan and Cynthia Fosuah, WV Ghana. Originally published by World Vision International on October 4, 2017. Sherifa is a nine-year-old girl living in a community called Dingoni, in Ghana. This fun-loving girl, only child to her parents, has become a champion for change in her […]

SNV celebrates in 4 districts in Zambia

February 24, 2017

In Zambia, Kasama, Luwingu, Mporokoso and Mungwi district had a couple of activities, SNV facilitated a hand washing campaign for a period of a month targeting four districts. The name of the campaign was “Ukusambakuminwe e life ni mfwaya” meaning, Hand washing with soap is […]


January 9, 2017

  General Handwashing Questions Is handwashing with soap really more beneficial than washing with water alone? When should I wash my hands? Are the critical moments for handwashing the same in every setting? What is the correct way to wash hands? How does handwashing with […]

Plan an Event

January 9, 2017

Planning a Global Handwashing Day event can be a big job, but it doesn’t have to be! The Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) put together this step-by-step guide to help make planning successful Global Handwashing Day activities as easy as possible. This step-by-step guide can be […]

Key Resources

January 9, 2017

Wondering where you can learn more about handwashing, find tools for handwashing promotion, and read the latest in academic research? You are in the right place. These are some the resources we find to be most useful for those implementing handwashing programs. These selected key […]


January 9, 2017

From Behavior Initiation to Habit Formation Initiating handwashing behavior is a key component of many handwashing behavior change programs–but unlike many other health interventions, handwashing is not a one-off activity. Handwashing with soap needs to be practiced consistently to be effective. All too often, handwashing […]


January 9, 2017

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 […]


January 9, 2017

Advocacy includes tactics like lobbying key decision makers, organizing demonstrations, and launching media campaigns to persuade decision makers to take action. Handwashing advocacy usually aims to influence public policy, public opinion, and resource mobilization. For example, advocates can call for handwashing to be included in […]

Project Implementation

January 9, 2017

Handwashing promotion is an important part of hygiene projects, but handwashing should not only be promoted in WASH programs. Given the impact of handwashing on global health and development, handwashing can and should be integrated into WASH, health, nutrition, education, and other related sector programming. […]


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