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Hygiene behaviour scoping study in East Sepik province, PNG

Hygiene behaviour scoping study in East Sepik province, PNG

IWC carried out a scoping study to determine whether formative hygiene research could lead to more effective hygiene promotion strategies and behaviour change outcomes.

Project Category: Applied Research

Key Areas of Work: Public health,Integrated Water Resource Management,Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

Project Date: Nov 04, 2012

In recognition of developments showing health-based hygiene messaging to be less effective at improving long-held hygiene and sanitation habits than targeted, evidence-based messaging, WaterAid PNG and the EU-funded Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (RWSSP) sought assistance from the International WaterCentre (IWC) to undertake research to inform the development of such messages.

This preliminary study explored hygiene behaviours (in particular, handwashing with soap and excreta management) in rural villages in and around Wewak District, and sought understanding of potential drivers for and barriers to good hygiene practices, with the eventual goal of carrying out a full research study to enable the tailoring of messages used for hygiene promotion to the particular motivations of target audiences.

The study comprised a literature review of hygiene research in PNG, staff training, field work, data analysis and report preparation. The field component of the scoping study was led by the IWC and carried out a local WaterAid PNG partner (HELP Resources). The field work focused on a village no previous hygiene interventions, and a village that had recently undergone an intervention by HELP Resources under the RWSSP.


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