THE SOLUTION - HANDWASHING WITH SOAP
Handwashing with soap saves lives and protects you from illnesses like Covid-19, diarrhea and the flu. And yet millions of lives are being lost becuase people are not washing hands at critical moments. Though it is a simple practice, hand washing with soap is difficult to promote.
SO WHY AREN'T PEOPLE WASHING THEIR HANDS?
It is not just awareness.
It's not just education.
Studies find that health care professionals (those that we consider most educated) often don't wash their hands at key moments.
It's not just infrastructure, wealth or convenience.
In the UK, a study found that less than one thrid of men washed their hands with soap ater using a public toilet with plenty of running water and soap.
Awareness, education and easy to use handwashing infrastructure are all important pieces of the answer, especially in rural areas where these components can be lacking.
BUT CHANGING BEHAVIOR IS DIFFICULT.
Handwashing with soap is simple and effective, but working to increase this behaviour requires thoughtful, tailored and creative interventions with sustained followup. Tippy taps can be an engaging and useful tool to create long term handwashing behavior change.