New group handwashing device

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New group handwashing device

Hi,
At the 10-year SuSanA celebration meeting in Eschborn in January, this new group handwashing device as promoted by Fit for Schools in the Philippines was on display:






Those things that are hanging there are pieces of soap in a nylon sock, I think.

Could someone involved in this innovation please explain to us what the new features are? I recall overhearing Bella Monse talk about this to someone else and she said "it's awesome, much better than previous deviced", but I didn't get a chance to talk to her about this.

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Re: New group handwashing device

Ah, this looks indeed like a usability improvement over the previous version that I have seen in a few schools.

However it also looks much more complicated to produce, while the previous version could be mostly locally build...

But my main issue with these type of devices is that they encourage a kind of "hand washing cargo cult". Children will happily practise handwashing on these and do so on command of the teacher, but after using the toilet there is usual no functional hand-washing basin nearby and children also often don't get into the actual habit of hand washing by themselves.

Of course I stand to be corrected based on actual evidence of the contrary, but this is my educated guess based on anecdotal observations.

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Re: New group handwashing device

The attachment is a simple device for handwash promoted by Rotary in India. There are number of simple frugal models used for such purpose also.
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Re: New group handwashing device

Hi Seshadri, thx to share this.. I found it very interesting, let me ask you something... how much cost the device because is fabric in galvanized Steel and in México that material is very expensive, another point is that , i cant see the Soap ... in the end the faucets maybe arent too robust for a context like an School or a disaster area.

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Hi,

Me too am Seshadri, Ajit. I dabble with w water remediation on bio methods..phyto r.. using plants sp.. also FSM on co composting with cow dung..gobar..hindi. And notings on ODF.. applying COD..ie controlled open defecation.. with adaptations.. w wshs..

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Re: New group handwashing device

dear Elisabeth,
this new group handwashing facility is still a prototype. It was developed to allow for individual water outlet, which will only drip water, when the touched. This will further reduce water consumption. As you can see, there is no water canister anymore, the pipe is the water carrying system and can easily be refilled. The mass production process is currently being explored and we are exited to get back to you soon.
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Re: New group handwashing device

Dear Colleagues,

for people interested in different group washing facilities this publication might be useful : www.fitforschool.international/resource/...es-across-the-globe/
It is a compilation of different solutions across the globe.

The new WASHaLOT facility prototype Elizabeth posted is taking several aspects mentioned in the publication into consideration (low water consumption, local materials (PE), robust, school involvement, usable for individual handwahsing etc). Of course we will keep you updated with the developments.
Regarding handwashing habits/norms i can recommend the Fit for School Programme Assessment Study from Cambodia: www.fitforschool.international/wp-conten...t_Cambodia__2016.pdf

"Children in model schools [with daily group handwashing activities] more often
practiced independent handwashing with
soap after using the latrine, compared to
children in control schools. "

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Marcel

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