Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is a key intervention for sanitation and hygiene promotion in Malawi, it provides an excellent opportunity to facilitate handwashing behaviour change.
There are some practical tools which can be used by implementers in Malawi as a part of CLTS in order to trigger realisation among communities of the importance of handwashing with soap, as well as eliminating open defecation.
These tools were created with the rural Malawi context in mind, and are cost-effective and easy to replicate.
When these tools were used, handwashing practice increased by 69 per cent and soap availability at handwashing facilities increased by 15 per cent, compared to when CLTS didn’t include specific tools to trigger HWWS.
Malawi Case Study: Lessons Learned