Key hygiene behaviours for safe water and health on World Water Day
Updated - Wednesday 18 July 2012
Alana Potter, lead author of the WASHCost working paper on "Assessing hygiene cost-effectiveness", explains the importance of changing hygiene behaviours so that improved water and sanitation can lead to the expected health benefits. She has been reviewing indicators, tools and methods that sector institutions are using to monitor and measure hygiene behaviour change and identified three key hygiene behaviours common to all of these tools. Simply put, these are hand washing, using a toilet (i.e. separation of faeces from users) and safe management of household water. These are crucial for health benefits to be derived from improved water and should be remembered on World Water Day.
For more information, see the article and video "WASHCost and partners will test cost-effectiveness of hygiene promotion".
Interview and video by Nicolas Dickinson, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
March 21, 2012