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Paper presented at the South Asia Hygiene Practitioners Workshop, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1 to 4 February 2010

TitleParticipatory community hygiene education in Dhaka slums: DSK experience
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsDas, R, Ghosh, G, Singha, D
Pagination9 p. : 3 fig., 2 photogr., 1 tab.
Date Published2010-02-01
PublisherDushtha Shasthya Kendra, DSK
Place PublishedDhaka, Bangladesh
Keywordsbangladesh dhaka, behaviour, community participation, health education, impact assessment, programmes, sdiasi, sdihyg, slums

This paper describes how the programme to improve hygiene knowledge and practice was designed and implemented. It provides information on impact derived from an assessment. Community participation in
the decision making processes was crucial for designing the hygiene promotion programme. The study showed that continuous community hygiene education along with physical access to water supply and
sanitation positively influences change in hygiene behaviours. For example, 54% of the families were observed to wash their hands with soap before eating versus 8% in the baseline study. 90% had
knowledge of this practice versus 30% at the baseline. (Authors' abstract)


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