Handwashing with soap : two paths to national scale programs - lessons from the field : Vietnam and Indonesia

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This field note describes two Southeast Asian programs that are making handwashing a feature of everyday lives on a national scale: the Handwashing Initiative (HWI) in Vietnam, which has reached nearly two million caretakers of young children and 80,000 students; and the Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap (PPP-HWWS) in Indonesia, which has contributed to reaching millions of students, mothers, workers, and travelers. The program in Vietnam has concentrated on first gaining an understanding on how people actually behave and then determining how to change that behavior, while the program in Indonesia leverages the reach of the private sector and other partners to scale up handwashing initiatives that were previously researched and already underway. They both demonstrate ideas that can be applied in other countries. This document details ideas and approaches for designing and implementing behavior change programs, and fostering private sector participation. It describes lessons learned in relation to implementing national handwashing with soap programs. The approaches and lessons learned will have most use for those countries wanting to scale up handwashing to reduce diarrheal and other infectious diseases.

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