Theme 1: Policy Issues on the Regional and Global Level

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Dear Cecile and Philip,

indeed, here in Lao PDR we have just recently started cooperation with both the World Food Program and PLAN International (funded through WFP) to combine the FIT approach with their school feeding programs. Based on research into their intervention outcomes, WFP identified that there should be a stronger emphasis on Hygiene in order to improve results on nutrition indicators as well. What we are now piloting is really no rocket science - but a simple combination of approaches: daily group handwshing before eating the provided school lunch, and daily group toothbrushing after eating lunch. Sounds simple and straightforward, yet rarely happens, at least here.

The simplicity of this combination is in line with one of our Fit for School 4S principles: too keep it simple. That way it won´t overburden school principals and teachers, at the same time through the design of the intervention (focusing on group acitivity and using facilities adequate for group use) ensuring that the logistical challenges are adressed and make the hygiene component manageable for a school. Even if you manage a relatively small school with under 100 students, you will have to wait for a long time until every student washed their hands if there is just one bucket of water (let alone the question of running vs. standing water) or just a collection of 3 water taps.

Furthermore, since we strongly believe in daily practice to foster behavior change, linking up handwashing and toothbrushing as daily group acitivities explicitly with the daily ritual of eating lunch will hopefully also encourage students to make these links when it comes to eating food beyond the school lunch setting.

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If I may make a small comment at this late stage.

We have but 70 school ecosans, mainly in Tamil Nadu, and these cover circa 30,000 pupils about 65% being girls. We provide a before and after training programme. There is no doubt from our experience that where the head teacher and staff engage with the pupils regarding the facilities there is better usage and greater hygiene knowledge. This impacts greatly on the messages the children take back to their families.

Sorry I couldn't join in when the discussion was taking place.
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Dear all,

We received a mail from Remigius Mdetele which we would like to share with you:

Its true that most of schools do not have enough education concerning the issues relating with WASH in schools. This problem is great to school committees in rural and urban and to persons living with HIV/AIDS or in live in areas with scarcity of water supply. The situation is worse in rural areas where there is low exposure to modern technologies and training.

The main cause of this problems, include lack of collective planning, lack of knowledge to prioritize on funds from the government and other stakeholders. In some cases, the rural leadership is not aware of the importance of minimizing open defecation.

In this context, we would like to work with you in areas relating WASH programmes.

Remigius Mdetele
Executive Director
Rujewa Integrated Efforts to Fight Poverty (RIEFP)
P.O.Box 189, Rujewa-Mbeya
Tanzania.
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Hello! :)

I would like to share with you the results of the study on WASH in schools that I have conducted in Germany with the support of the Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, University Bonn. The study involved 5 schools, 172 pupils, 4 school directors and 3 experts from city health authority.

In Germany the city is responsible for availability and maintenance of the facilities in school, with the city education authority having most of the responsibility.

Facilities in schools were in place and functioning and maintenance was reported as efficient. Nevertheless, pupils don't have healthy behaviours: many avoid visiting the toilets, a consistent number do not always wash their hands with soap after using the toilet and/or do not drink enough water at school.

The study analysed possible issues behind these results. In particular at the institution level:
-The cleaning plan set by the authorities could be improved,as it cannot always ensure clean facilities, especially in the afternoon and after the breaks;
-Some hindering factors may limit maintenance efficiency, i.e. limited human resources (both in schools and authorities), high costs and fixed budgets, not always efficient coordination between the various stakeholders;
-More detailed regulations, like the ones for health-care facilities, could help the current efforts of improving WASH in schools, providing for example guidance on hygiene education (not yet standardised), adequate cleaning, and practical toilets-pupils ratios;
-Also, school principals have officially less accountability for WASH in schools, overtaken by care-takers, and do not always fulfil their duties, but successful examples reported by experts are usually initiated by engaged principals;
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It's amazing that even in developed countries like Germany, the success of WASH in schools is still often reliant on individuals! This poses a challenge to institutionalise something like WASH in schools, when it is so reliant on individuals to make it work!

Belinda Abraham

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skype: Belinda.Abraham2

WASH Specialist, over 15 years in Eastern and Southern Africa, South East Asia, primarily working for UNICEF
Key areas of interest: WASH in Schools, WASH Communication and Community-based Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion
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Dear discussion participants,

Thank you very much for your thoughtful contributions to our discussion on policy issues on the regional and global level with regard to WASH in Schools.

The official part of the discussion is hereby closed but you are of course welcome to continue to post in this thread.

We will provide a synthesis report of the discussion by the beginning of November and will I will inform you here how to access it once it is available.

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Katrin

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Dear discussion participants,

We are happy to announce that the synthesis report of our discussion on urban WASH in schools is close to being published on SuSanA. Thank you again for your valuable inputs and the vivid discussion.

As you may know, we usually include a list of contributors, including information on their affiliation and country, at the end of the summaries of our thematic discussions.

As we are missing some of that information, we wanted to give you a chance to complete or correct your information. Therefore, we kindly ask you to contact Thomas Langkau (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to provide the missing details. We are happy to add this information to the report before publishing.

All requests for changes have to be provided by Wednesday, November 9, 9 am CST.


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Thank you so much,
Katrin

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Dear all,

The synthesis of our thematic discussion on urban WASH in schools is now available!

You can find the pdf-document in SuSanA's library: www.susana.org/en/resources/library/details/2677

Thank you for your interest and participation!

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Katrin

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