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The Global Handwashing Partnership

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

May 1, 2018

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

Hygiene behaviors one of the most effective ways to improve outcomes in health, education, and more. To achieve these health and development benefits, hygiene behaviors must be practiced and promoted on a large scale, beyond the life of a project or campaign. Handwashing behavior change operates within complex systems, often in WASH, health, or education. This discussion will explore how handwashing behavior change efforts can work within existing systems to achieve behavior change at scale.

Lauren Yamagata, Knowledge Manager at IRC, will introduce the WASH Systems Building Blocks. The WASH Systems capture the complex socio-technical system surrounding WASH behaviors, services, and governance; and Lauren’s presentation will explore the role of hygiene within the WASH system.

Megan Williams, Manager of Behavior Change at Splash, will present on hygiene promotion through school systems. Her presentation, Exploring schools as the catalyst to broader change, will prompt participants to consider how the education system can catalyze improved hygiene behaviors both in the school and in the community.

Dr. Om Prasad Gautam, Technical Support Manager for Hygiene at WaterAid UK, will describe a national hygiene promotion program delivered through the health system in Nepal. His presentation, Hygiene promotion through routine immunization: an innovation as scale, will capture the policy, financing, and workforce consideration for a sustainable hygiene promotion program.

Following these short presentations, all participants will engage in an active discussion focused on lessons learned across systems, barriers to taking a systems approach in hygiene promotion, and recommendations from participants. The discussion will be moderated by Elynn Walter, International Advocacy and Lead for US Partnerships at IRC, and Carolyn Moore, Secretariat Director at the Global Handwashing Partnership. 

Please use this link to register for the webinar, and reach out to with any questions.

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