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by Sian White

Improving handwashing in humanitarian crises: Methods for researching handwashing methods and behaviours

October 15th is Global Handwashing Day. Centre member Sian White is conducting a study in Irak and DRC to better understand handwashing practices among internally displaced people. The general objective of the research is to develop deep understandings of the determinants of hand hygiene in emergency settings so as to contribute to the development of rapid and effective intervention tools; the ultimate goal of the research will be to equip emergency responders with the knowledge and tools to intervene rapidly and effectively on hygiene behaviour. The full findings of this research, including practitioner resources, will be available in 2018. In ab for the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, Sian White shares four research methods she has been using and what these have revealed so far.