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WHO Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)  >

Published: March 11, 2020

This course provides information on what facilities can do to be prepared in the case of an emerging respiratory virus, such as the novel coronavirus. This course covers Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures required to: Be prepared and ready to respond to an outbreak, […]

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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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Wash’em Handwashing Design Guide  >

Published: August 23, 2019

In crisis-affected settings, humanitarian organizations are often responsible for providing or repairing handwashing facilities that encourage handwashing among affected populations. This guide provides important factors to consider when designing handwashing facilities to encourage behavior change.

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January to June 2019 Handwashing Research Index  >

Published: June 17, 2019

A core goal of our research summaries is to increase the research focus on handwashing. This Handwashing Research Index is a collaboration between the Global Handwashing Partnership Soapbox and USAID Water Currents. Between January and June 2019, we found 36 studies which explore handwashing in […]

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Human-Centered Design for Knowledge Management at the Global Handwashing Partnership  >

Published: April 15, 2019

“When you let people participate in the design process, you find that they often have ingenious ideas about what would really help them. And it’s not a onetime thing; it’s an iterative process.” Melinda Gates, “The Human Element: Melinda Gates and Paul Farmer on Designing […]

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SoapBox: A Monthly Newsletter Published by the Global Handwashing Partnership  >

Published: April 1, 2019

SoapBox, our periodical, first appeared in 2017. It was informed by the need for a consistent platform to deliver updates and best practices to handwashing researchers and implementers. In line with our strategic objective for knowledge management, we aim to encourage practitioners to leverage best […]

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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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Case Studies from Tanzania: Emotional Demonstrations of Handwashing with Soap at Vaccination Centres & Sustaining Open Defecation-Free Status  >

Published: February 19, 2019

These case studies provide practical information for implementing innovative WASH interventions, and brief discussions on challenges and lessons learned by the SNV Tanzania team and their partners in communities. OrganizationSNV TanzaniaName of person submittingMaría Florencia Rieiro

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Webinar Summary: Mobile Health (mHealth) Messaging to Facilitate Handwashing with Soap Behavior Change  >

Published: February 15, 2019

On February 7th, 2019, the Global Handwashing Partnership, in conjunction with USAID and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, hosted a webinar discussion on the development and randomized controlled trial of a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) mobile health program in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Webinar Summary: Systems approaches to hygiene behavior change – lessons across WASH, health, and education  >

Published: January 8, 2019

On May 9th at 10 am ET, the Global Handwashing Partnership and IRC hosted a discussion focused on ways to use existing systems to improve scale and sustainability of hygiene promotion efforts.

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