Emergency Hygiene Promotion
Hygiene promotion (sometimes called “WASH software”) is the foundation of any successful WASH programme. It is a planned, systemic approach to working with communities, enabling people to change behaviour and to use and maintain improved water and sanitation facilities for better health, dignity and wellbeing.
Key components of hygiene promotion in WASH emergencies operations include facilitating the community-led decision making processes and maintaining a close link with WASH technical counterparts, understanding the community and the socio-cultural context related to WASH, behaviour change and communication, listening and acting on feedback, and strengthening accountability through inclusive participation.
Guidelines and tools
Red Cross Red Crescent Guidelines and tools
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Step-by-step resources and relevant documents
- IFRC WASH Focus Group Discussion (FGD) guide – including PGI and CEA considerations in English, Spanish, French
- IFRC Guidelines for Emergency Assessment in English, French, Spanish, Arabic
- IFRC Transect walk and observation Guide English, French, Spanish, Arabic
- IFRC Focus group discussion Menstrual Hygiene Management English, French, Spanish, Arabic
- Gender in water, sanitation and hygiene promotion English, French, Spanish Arabic
Monitoring, evaluation & learning
External Guidelines and Tools
This compendium is a comprehensive and systematic compilation of the most relevant sector-reviewed components, tools, methods and approaches to design and implement successful hygiene promotion (HP) and behavior change interventions. It is applicable to all critical hygiene behaviors across all response phases.