Welcome to the 22nd issue of the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub news bulletin.

We are very excited to share with you, hot off the press, our summary report on integrating vaccine promotion into COVID-19 prevention work, an extensive resource to support WASH and other response actors in adapting their work to the vaccine rollout.

In this issue, we also bring you a resource on behaviour change approaches to support preventative behaviours, a webinar on monitoring hand hygiene in public spaces, and two new case studies - one about inclusive programming for people with disabilities in Kenya, and one from Bangladesh about mobile handwashing units that enable and encourage frequent handwashing in public places.

Finally, we would like to draw your attention to the Global WASH Cluster’s grey literature repository which covers over 170 resources in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and other languages, and which can be filtered by material type, topic and target audiences. Another resource you may find very useful is a new learning brief developed by the World Bank and UN Innovation Network that draws together key lessons for COVID-19 vaccination confidence, access and roll-out that have emerged from field work using behavioural science.

If you have a question for the Hygiene Hub, need technical support or would like to share your project, get in touch with us at support@hygienehub.info.

Technical resources

The first resource we share with you this month is a summary report on how to integrate COVID-19 vaccine promotion into prevention programmes. This report, we explore what information response actors should know about the available vaccines and how they can challenge vaccine hesitancy and support vaccine confidence and uptake; why it is critical to continue to promote existing prevention approaches; and how preventative hygiene programmes can be integrated into vaccine rollout.

Our second resource is a tool co-developed with the Global WASH Cluster that identifies ‘risky’ or sub-optimal behaviours related to mask use, handwashing and physical distancing and the factors that may influence them. We share with you examples of activities that can address each of these behaviours if adapted appropriately to the context and point you to a range of useful resources.

Also check out our other technical resources which offer you relevant evidence and guidance that will support you in your COVID-19 response. All of our technical resources are available in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. Please email us at support@hygienehub.info if you have requests or ideas for future resources.

Technical assistance and expertise

Our rapid and in-depth technical assistance, as well as all the resources and learning we provide through the Hygiene Hub, are made possible because we work with a fabulous team of technical advisers from 15 institutions across the globe who bring a whole range of diverse perspectives and experiences to our work.

This month, we would like you to meet two of our technical advisers, Kondwani Chidziwisano, who is based at the University of Malawi research centre WASHTED, and Silvie Kraemer Palacios, who is based in Ecuador and works with RANAS. Visit our Facebook page, LinkedIn site and Twitter @hygiene_hub to watch Kondwani and Silvie introduce themselves.

Webinars

The latest addition to our repository of webinar recordings is a discussion on tools for monitoring hand hygiene in public spaces convened under the umbrella of the Hand Hygiene for All initiative. In this webinar, colleagues from the WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme share findings from their global review of existing data collection tools, and you can also hear about country-level monitoring experiences in Nigeria, Indonesia and Kenya.

Case studies on COVID-19 response programmes

The first case study this month comes from Kenya where Amref Health Africa designed an inclusive COVID-19 response programme to serve persons with disabilities (PWDs).

In this piece, the programme team reflects on their approach to increasing access to products and services designed for PWDs and building local capacity to deliver inclusive messages and activities. The team identifies extensive engagement – with PWDs and their caregivers, but also with facilitators of Disabled People Organisations, teachers and community-based rehabilitators – from the outset as a key enabling factor for the programme.

Image: Representatives of National Disabled Persons’ Organizations, Department of Social Development, National Council for Persons with Disabilities, Directorate of Special Needs Education and Amref Health Africa after a content validation session. Source: Amref Health Africa.

Our second case study this month is about Handwashing on Wheels, a programme implemented in Dhaka by WaterAid Bangladesh to provide wide and easy access to handwashing facilities in public places and encourage handwashing behaviours among commuters.

In the study, we learn how the WaterAid team adapted and deployed 15 mobile handwashing units at key public locations to reach 380,000 people over a period of six months, and how the team addressed challenges around water supply and drainage.

Image: Handwashing on Wheels unit in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Source: WaterAid Bangladesh.

Why not share your own experience with the sector?

If you would like to share your work and contribute to our collection of case studies, please contact claire.collin@lshtm.ac.uk. We are particularly keen to hear about programmes that incorporate advocacy, policy or sustainability components.

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