Are your hands clean enough?
Study findings on handwashing with soap behaviour in Kenya
Washing hands with soap at the right times can reduce instances of diarrhea by 35–50 percent. Evidence also suggests that handwashing with soap can reduce acute respiratory infections (ARIs) by 30 percent. Past initiatives in Kenya have focused on raising awareness of handwashing with soap but they have not fully translated into behavior. An in-depth understanding of motivators and barriers to handwashing at a national level is critical for a behavioral change campaign.
This study has been designed to provide baseline information on handwashing behavior in detail, by looking at behavior practised with regard to handwashing with soap; factors that influence handwashing behavior in schools and in the community’s context. The study also provides information on preferred and trusted channels of communication.
World Bank, Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), Kenya
soap dispenser, teachers
WSP (2009). Are your hands clean enough? - Study findings on handwashing with soap behaviour in Kenya. World Bank, Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), Kenya.