Why hygiene?

Diarrhoea is one of the top three killer diseases in developing countries, claiming the lives of more than three million children a year (WHO, 2014).

Improvements in water supply and sanitation in the last 20 years have helped to cut the incidence of diarrhoea. However if these

Objective of the training:

technologies have had an impact on health, it is because they make better hygiene possible. Whether modern facilities are available or not, the best way to protect people from diarrhoeal diseases is to keep the people’s living space free from germs that cause diseases.

  • To enable the Hygiene Promoters to understand their roles and responsibilities in promotion of hygiene and sanitation practices.
  • To equip the Hygiene Promoters with knowledge and skills to effectively disseminate key hygiene messages in the community including what people can do to prevent and control the spread of diseases and the proper use and maintenance of WASH facilities.
  • To enable the Hygiene Promoters to transform and be agents of change in promoting appropriate and desirable hygiene and sanitation practices.
  • To equip participants to understand the concepts/ elements and methodologies necessary for hygiene promotion.
  • To enable the participants to understand causes, transmission routes, prevention, management & control of diarrheal and vector-borne diseases.
  • To familiarize the participants with the tools for data collection, monitoring and presentation

    Training topics:

  1. Roles and responsibilities of Hygiene Promoters
  2. Hygiene and sanitation promotion and the domains
  3. Classification of hygiene and sanitation related diseases
  4. Specific diseases: causation, transmission, signs & symptoms, prevention, control and management
  5. Household visits and participatory methods for hygiene promotion
  6. Role of gender in WASH
  7. Communication skills

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