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Taps, toilets and targeting behaviours: experiences from East and Southern Africa

It has been estimated that as much as 10% of the global burden of disease could be prevented with improvements in access to safe water and sanitary disposal of human waste and personal hygiene (WASH). In the last two decades, there has been an overall increase in the number of people with access to improved WASH infrastructure around the world. But recent studies have highlighted that despite increased access to toilets, handwashing stations and bore-holes, people do not always use these services. We know that a complex and inter-connected web of factors drives WASH behaviours but there is still limited evidence on what works to change them. This session will introduce the key drivers and approaches to WASH behaviour change before showcasing five studies from the Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) consortium.


  • Anna Nileshwar, Research & Evidence Division, U.K. Dept. for International Development
  • Dr Robert Dreibelbis, LSHTM
  • Jenala Chipungu, Centre for Infectious Disease Research, Zambia (CIDRZ)
  • Dr Tracy Morse, Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU)
  • Joseph Banzi, WaterAid Tanzania
  • Professor Heiner Grosskurth, Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU)
  • Dr Sheillah Simiyu, Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK)
  • Professor Sandy Cairncross, LSHTM


Free and open to all. No registration is required. Entrance is on a first come, first serve basis.