Are Your Hands Clean Enough? Study Findings On Handwashing With Soap Behaviour In KenyaYear: 2009

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Publisher Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)
Year of Publication 2009
County All/General

...The National Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene Policy aims to create an enabling environment in which all Kenyans can improve hygienic behaviors and environmental sanitation. One among behavioral changes targeted is the practice of handwashing with soap, which is considered a better option for disease prevention as a hygiene intervention. Washing hands with soap - at the right times - can cut diarrhea risk by half, and respiratory tract infection by a third these are two of the largest killers of children under five year olds in Kenya. However as demonstrated in this study, handwashing with soap is rarely practiced regularly and at the right times, such as before eating or after visiting the latrine. There are many reasons for this, including lack of knowledge on when to wash hands, and limited opportunities to do so. In this study, the findings are, while soap is available in 97 percent of households, soap for washing hands is uncommon in schools. The only attribute to this is that in Kenya, like elsewhere around the world, individuals are simply not motivated to regularly wash hands with soap

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