BEHAVIOUR CHANGE IS OFTEN A LONGTERM PROCESS – HOW CAN FAMILIES AND TEACHERS BE ENCOURAGED AND REMINDED TO PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE AND SANITATION BEHAVIOUR?
Is there any way of offering encouragement to practice good hygiene and sanitation behaviour in a fun and innovative way?
More than 1 billion people, 15 per cent of the world’s population, practice open defecation – and 40 per cent still lack access to a toilet. This denies 2.5 billion people a basic human right and leaves them at risk of poor health, often with few economic opportunities, and living in degraded environments. The situation is schools is just as bad, with many lacking functioning toilets and handwashing facilities. Cleaning, maintenance and ensuring the availability of soap is an ongoing challenge in both schools and households.
Can apps be used as a way of encouraging households and teachers to carry out the following key sanitation and hygiene behaviours on a regular basis? How can it be made fun?
- Practice handwashing
- Clean toilets
- Ensure the latrine hole remains covered
- Replenish soap
- Emptying toilets
Developing such a technology would really assist in promoting long lasting sanitation and hygiene behaviour change and sustaining social norms. Doing this in a fun and innovative way would really help motivate children and their families.