Handwashing Compendium for Low Resource Settings: A Living Document

SLH Rapid Action Learning Papers
October 2020

We hope this quickly disseminated, living document will enable immediate actions to be taken, and trigger further learning to help the sector adapt and evolve in these extraordinary times.

Frequent and proper handwashing with soap is vital to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In response, we have developed this Handwashing Compendium for Low Resource Settings.

Bringing existing information from different organisations into one place, the compendium provides guidance, local examples of and further resources on accessible low-cost handwashing facilities, environmental cues and physically distanced hygiene promotion.

The compendium is a living document which will be updated regularly as more examples and good practice emerge. It has been developed and disseminated quickly so immediate, relevant and timely actions can be taken. This version is the third edition. This updated version includes new or heavily edited sections on:

  • Handwashing facilities
    • Drying hands
    • Making handwashing facilities accessible
    • Designing handwashing facilities that encourage use
    • Bamboo handwashing station
    • Local examples of handwashing facilities
  • Physically distanced hygiene promotion and community engagement
    • Examples of community engagement

Please share feedback and contributions via email ([email protected]) or Twitter (@SanLearningHub). We are interested to hear how the compendium is being used as well as feedback and inputs to improve it. For those with limited internet access, individual sections of the compendium can also be sent upon request. French, Portuguese and Arabic translations of the third edition of the compendium will be added to this page shortly. Second edition translations are currently available.

Additional details

PublisherInstitute of Development Studies
ThemesBehaviour change, COVID-19, Design, nudges and cues, Handwashing, Health, Hygiene

Coultas, M. and Iyer, R. with Myers, J. (2020) Handwashing Compendium for Low Resource Settings: A Living Document, Edition 3, Brighton: IDS


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