Behaviour change for F&E

Behaviour change cannot be approached as an isolated intervention. Behaviour is a response to a specific environmental setting, within which defined roles and activities are performed. Change is a long term commitment and can be achieved only through change in the behaviour setting itself.

Promoting individual towel use in Nepal

As in some other countries in Asia and North Africa, people in Nepal often use a washcloth to clean their faces. All the children in selected nursery schools in the Far West region of Nepal have been given their own washcloths. The cloths are labeled with a picture so that each child can recognize his or her own, and labeled with names to aid the teachers. The children wash their faces when they arrive at nursery school in the morning and then again after their games and activities outside.

P Emerson et al. Implementing the SAFE Strategy for Trachoma Control. The Carter Center

We also recommend the new WHO guideline WASH and Health working together: a ‘how to’ guide for NTD programmes. Released in February 2019 the guide includes several resources relevant to trachoma elimination, including ‘WASH in behaviour change’, ‘NTD-related behaviours’ and ‘Understanding behaviour to develop behaviour change interventions.’

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Eliminating Trachoma

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