Welcome to the eighth issue of the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub News Bulletin. This week we are launching our new resource guide “Using environmental nudges to improve handwashing with soap among school children”, in collaboration with the WASH in Schools (WinS) network, where you can find rapidly deployable interventions for use as an interim measure during school reopenings. You will also find a case study from Syria where the local NGO Al-Atta for Relief and Development and Save the Children International are providing WASH services to 1700 displaced households and using bread delivery to expand the reach of their hygiene promotion programmes!
If you would like to share your project or have a question on behaviour change or anything in your COVID-19 programme, we encourage you to get in touch. As ever, you can also learn about the most frequently asked questions we have had over the last two weeks and the range of new resources available for COVID-19 response below.
Areas of Technical Support
Common enquiries this past week included:
- Messaging alone isn’t leading to behaviour change- what else can we do?
Read our summary article on what works to change handwashing and hygiene behaviours here.
- What kind of handwashing facilities should we be providing?
Read this guide on handwashing facilities here.
- What activities should be considered for school settings and reopenings?
Check out our new extended resource guide, developed with the WinS Network, for rapidly deployable school interventions.
In response to web enquiries and discussions with partner organisations, we have continued to develop and revise our resource documents on a range of topics related to COVID-19 response.
New resources this week include:
Resources with updated with new evidence and WHO guidance this and last week include:
- Handwashing and COVID-19
- Control strategies for opening schools
- Mask use for interrupting the spread of COVID-19
- COVID-19 transmission via faecal-oral routes
If you have requests or ideas for future resources, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 response: project highlights
This week, we are sharing a case study from North East Syria where Al-Atta for Relief and Development and Save The Children International are providing WASH services to 1700 displaced households. Their programme focuses on 5 key messages of basic hygiene and COVID-19 prevention behaviours, including:
- Wash hands with soap at critical times
- Always use water that comes from a treated water source
- Use, clean and maintain latrines
- Physically distance
- Use face masks and avoid touching your face
At the community level, the organisations are expanding access to water and setting mass cleaning campaigns to remove solid waste. And at the household and individual level, they are providing additional toilets, distributing hygiene kits and conducting hygiene promotion sessions. They have also linked up with the local food distribution network to place hygiene messages on bread packages to further their reach to the population.
Image: Hygiene promotion messages printed on a bread bag bundle © ATAA Webinars
Over the last months, we have been providing a series of webinars, co-hosted with the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), on outcome & process evaluations, designing information, education and communication (IEC) materials and community engagement at a distance.
Our latest webinar on “Media Golden Rules” with speakers from Mindshare and FCDO can be found has now been posted to the Hygiene Hub website. Links to all of the webinars can be found here and will be updated with new webinars each month.