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close this bookHygiene Evaluation Procedures - Approaches and Methods for Assessing Water - and Sanitation-Related Hygiene Practices (International Nutrition Foundation for Developing Countries - INFDC, 1997, 124 pages)
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Who is this handbook for?

This handbook was developed primarily for field level personnel in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene education projects. These include water and/or sanitary engineers, public health technicians, community workers, health educators, communication specialists, health workers, and other public health practitioners as well as project planners, managers, and trainers. If you are one of these, and want to design your own assessment of hygiene practices in your project site, this handbook is for you. This handbook may also be useful to students and researchers in public health and other academic institutions interested in interdisciplinary enquiries into health behaviour.

Successful systematic investigations are seldom done by one person or with one perspective alone. The skills and experiences of engineers, health workers, and community development workers are all relevant when trying to investigate and analyze activities around water supply and sanitation. You will need to involve in your assessment your colleagues and other people who know and understand the local social and cultural norms. This handbook provides examples of a variety of tools designed to make the participation of local people in your assessment effective. Therefore it is also aimed, indirectly, at those whose hygiene practices are to be assessed.