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Taps, Toilets and Targeting behaviours: experiences from East and Southern Africa

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 17:15 to 19:00

Herschel Room at Mary Ward House


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. Access alone is clearly not enough to increase and improve WASH around the world.

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. Each study looks at behaviour change at a particular operational level, from encouraging more hygienic practices of caregivers in the household right up to promoting improved town planning at the local authority level.


·        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 to attend and open to all, with no ticket required. Entry will be on a first come, first served basis.

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