Published in: 2020
Edition 1, The Sanitation Learning Hub, Brighton: IDS, ISBN 978-1-78118-638-1
Coultas, M. and Iyer, R. with Myers, J.
Frequent and proper handwashing with soap is one of the most important measures that can be used to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, along with physical distancing, avoiding touching one’s face (eyes, nose and mouth) and practicing good respiratory hygiene. Yet 40 per cent of households lack access to a facility with soap and water, of which 18 per cent have no facility whatsoever (WHO and UNICEF, 2020).
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Sanitation Learning Hub at the Institute of Development Studies has rapidly developed the Handwashing Compendium for Low Resource Settings that can be used to support increased access to facilities and promote positive handwashing behaviours. The compendium provides guidance on low-cost handwashing facilities that can be widely used in low and middle-income countries. We hope that this can be shared extensively as governments and agencies tackle the crisis in low and middle-income countries where handwashing facilities are urgently needed in households, communities, schools and healthcare facilities.
The compendium includes information and further reading on:
• Handwashing facilities – including facilities that are accessible for all.
• Environmental cues to reinforce handwashing behaviours.
• Physical distancing hygiene promotion.
It does not reinvent the wheel but brings together existing information from different organisations – the reasoning behind its production is so it can all be found in one place.
Coultas, M. and Iyer, R. with Myers, J. (2020). Handwashing Compendium for Low Resource Settings: A Living Document. Edition 1, The Sanitation Learning Hub, Brighton: IDS, ISBN 978-1-78118-638-1
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