PPPHW Soapbox - June 2015
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Join the call for a global-level hygiene indicator in the Sustainable Development Goals!

The Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals are the successors to the Millennium Development Goals. A draft was published this month, which showed that while hygiene remains part of the SDGs, the decision makers now plan to drop hygiene as an essential global indicator which means handwashing would not be systematically measured and prioritized in the SDGs. We know how essential hygiene is for achieving global development in health, water and sanitation, nutrition, education, and equity. This is why we need your help. Will your organization join us in co-signing a letter to key UN decision makers asking for hygiene to be included as a global indicator? Learn more here and take action today!

Engaging Children in Behavior Change: An event recap and short research summary

In June we were honored to attend a star-studded event at the World Bank featuring Sesame Street's Global Health Ambassador Raya, math expert Count von Count, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and Sesame Workshop President and CEO Jeffrey Dunn, which explored the role of children in triggering behavior change.  

At this event, the distinguished guests discussed Sesame Workshop's role in educating children, the need for innovation in disseminating behavior change messages, and how strategic partnerships can target the most entrenched development challenges. Ultimately, it was clear that if we hope to change the world, we must work to change the behavior of the next generation. 

Indeed, it is a fact that many of us recite: that children can play an important role in WASH behavior change by sharing messages with family members and the community at large. But, what is the evidence around this? To answer this question, we conducted a short review of the evidence. Key findings include that: 

  • Children face challenges as change agents, particularly in terms of social power structures, and 
  • Empowering children as change agents shouldn't be considered a panacea, but
  • Children can benefit from the opportunity to contribute to and have an impact on family health.

Read our full review of the evidence around children as agents of behavior change here

We love this new handwashing video from UNICEF Ghana! Watch it and sing along!
It is official! Those who celebrated Global Handwashing Day in India broke the Guinness World Record for most people washing their hands in multiple locations with over 1.2 million participants. Way to go! 
Global Handwashing Day 2015
Have you started thinking about your plans for October 15?

We are working on updating the Global Handwashing Day Planner's Guide, website, and toolkits. Stay tuned for details coming soon!
June Publications
The UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme's 2015 Progress Report on Drinking Water and Sanitation was released at the end of June. Read our response here

We published a short review of the evidence around how children can act as handwashing change agents.
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