for the focus on schools (and their communities):
Rationale for the focus on hygiene education
- 50% of schools in the developing world currently do not have
access to clean water while 75% do not have access to adequate
- Approximately one-third of the population in South Asia and
Sub Saharan Africa (areas of greatest watsan need) are of school
- Children are significantly more vulnerable to water borne diseases
- Programs launched in schools can, with the right stimuli, gain
momentum in their communities and are often the best way to ensure
long-term behavior changes within a population. (Children get
to hear the same consistent message for years).
- Improved attendance, performance and retention, particularly
of girls, have been seen in schools where watsan is provided
- Effective hygiene education can be measured, using pre and
post surveys, by the reduction in disease and can serve as one
indicator of success.
- Hygiene education helps students establish a clear link between
the water-borne diseases they are commonly afflicted with and
their own hygiene practices
- Improved hygiene is seen to be the single most important factor
in reducing diarrheal episodes.
I: Providing access to clean water, sanitation
facilities and hygiene education has been shown to reduce
diarrheal episodes dramatically.