Does targeting children with hygiene promotion messages work? The effect of handwashing promotion targeted at children, on diarrhoea, soil-transmitted helminth infections and behaviour change, in low- and middle-income countries

by Julie A. Watson, Jeroen H. J. Ensink, Monica Ramos et al.
Tropical Medicine and International Health, Vol 22, No 5, pp 526–538, May 2017

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This review found very few studies that evaluated handwashing interventions targeting children and all had various methodological limitations. It is plausible that interventions which succeed in changing children’s handwashing practices will lead to significant health impacts given that much of the attributable disease burden is concentrated in that age group. The current paucity of evidence in this area, however, does not permit any recommendations to be made as to the most effective route to increasing handwashing with soap practice among children in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).

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