• Handwashing with soap: why should we care?

    Children washing their hands at school.
    Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Om Prasad Gautam

    Every year we celebrate Global Handwashing Day on 15 October with exciting, innovative activities across many countries. But why? And what role should handwashing play in the global development agenda? Om Prasad, Senior WASH Manager for Hygiene at WaterAid UK, explains.

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  • Global Handwashing Day in the sustainable development era

    A student washes their hands at Salaga High School, Ghana.
    Posted 14 Oct 2016 by Om Prasad Gautam

    Om Prasad Gautam, Technical Support Manager for Hygiene at WaterAid UK, discusses what has and hasn’t worked so far in behaviour change around handwashing, and where focus should be applied.

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  • Back to school WASH: where is the missing link?

    "We don’t have water in school so I only drink water before and after school.” Bienvenu, 5, from Miarinarivo village, Madagascar.
    Posted 6 Sep 2016 by Om Prasad Gautam and Ada Oko-Williams

    September is synonymous with a return to the classroom. As children across the world go back to school, WaterAid UK discusses what has been lacking in our approach to ensuring access to water, sanitation and hygiene in schools, and how we can make a bigger impact.

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  • Beyond business as usual for handwashing

    Maria washes herself at the river near her home. Nicaragua, 2015.
    Posted 24 May 2016 by Om Prasad Gautam and Hanna Woodburn

    This April, WaterAid, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing co-sponsored the 2016 Annual Handwashing Think Tank. Om Prasad Gautam, WaterAid’s Technical Support Manager for Hygiene, and Hanna Woodburn, Secretariat Director at the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing, present new thinking and the key topics discussed.

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  • Handwashing and hygiene: measuring behaviour change

    Child washing hands.
    Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Om Prasad Gautam

    Handwashing with soap is a highly cost-effective public health intervention, but the questions of how to deliver successful behaviour change and how to monitor its effectiveness remain unanswered. WaterAid’s Technical Support Manager Om Prasad Gautam explores the issue.

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