img-20160106-wa0015Water, sanitation and hygiene are important cornerstones of a community’s health and well-being. This fact is being more widely recognised in recent years, particularly as a result of initiatives such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – however, despite rising awareness of its significance, a comprehensive study has not been conducted to assess the adoption of the appropriate procedures of hand hygiene. Outline India undertook a study for Water Aid to conduct pre-data collection exercises across 64 villages in Chattisgarh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Odisha intended to gauge the awareness of hand hygiene and its importance among communities, explore the presently existing hand hygiene practices at the individual and household level, ascertain access to hand hygiene facilities at the household level, and to identify the facilitators and barriers to hand hygiene practices.

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