Behaviour Change: Evidence Summary for Handwashing

Evidence summary handwashing
Friday, April 21, 2023

Proper handwashing with soap can reduce the risk of diarrhoeal disease and lower respiratory infections. However, 3 billion people around the world are living without access to soap and water for handwashing. Even those with access report low utilisation of handwashing facilities. Increasing access to hygiene infrastructure, combined with effective behaviour-change programming, are key to successfully increase proper handwashing. This brief summarises behaviour change approaches for handwashing.