|Local Initiatives for better hygiene : four case studies from Asia
|Year of Publication
|Sijbesma, C, Appleton, B
|Occasional paper series / IRC
|68 p. : fig., photogr.
|Delft, The Netherlands
|awareness raising, bangladesh, behaviour, case studies, health education, india kerala, philippines, sdiasi, sdihyg
This publication contains four case studies from Asia in which the authors have analyzed initiatives in their own countries that aimed to improve hygiene behaviour in individual communities. The cases contain a mix of positive and negative experiences in community-level efforts to improve hygiene behaviour. The Bangladesh case study describes how a Village Development Committee (VDC) was able to bring about a seven-fold increase in latrine use in a small village community, but fell short of its targets for improving hand-washing behaviours and became much less effective once the programme ended. In Kerala, India, a pioneering programme involving neighbourhood groups successfully trained 100 women masons, who proved to be highly effective change agents in improving hygiene behaviours. Failure by the local authority to come up with pledged funds eventually led to the women masons being unpaid and most giving up altogether. In the Philippines, a municipality's efforts to improve sanitation did not include any hygiene promotion and the residents of a remote municipality were forced to opt out of the flagship national rural water supply and sanitation project because of its focus on grandiose projects and long delays in implementing activities.