Back to school: sector professionals attend “hand washing university”

Date: 9th November 2010

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WSSCC helped arrange four days of training at the “Hand Washing University” workshop held in July in Nairobi, Kenya. Thirty-five sector professionals, including a number of WSSCC members, attended from around the world.

“The training was a great opportunity to learn more about the different initiatives in the world to promote hand washing and to find out how to better evaluate the effectiveness of hand washing initiatives,” said Ina Jurga, the WSSCC Technical Officer that helped arrange the event.

Some highlights from the workshop included the presentation of a puppetry show used to raise awareness on the adverse effects on children of poor sanitation; a look at improved monitoring and evaluation through simplified approaches to indicators and output reporting; and challenges and lessons learned in Africa and Latin America from speakers who discussed how they integrated hand washing into governmental policies.

In addition, Ann Thomas of UNICEF described the upcoming (October 15) Global Handwashing Day, which is a very good opportunity to advocate for an inclusion and adaptation of hand washing into country specific programmes.

For more information on the Hand Washing University, contact Ms. Jurga at ina.jurga@wsscc.org.

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