Enough body of evidence has demonstrated the positive impact that practising good hygiene can have on health and beyond. Since human faeces are the primary source of pathogens causing diarrhoea, handwashing with soap at key moments is crucial to intervene in the transmission cycle and evidence has shown that it can contribute to a 40% reduction in diarrhoea. The short supply of soap and water in some contexts, drastically affects hygiene practices, mainly handwashing. These contexts refer to arid environments or to scenarios where water supply or soap are unavailable and where Moringa can grow.
Moringa Oleifera has great potential as a handwashing product for settings where water is scarce or soap is not available – which create a barrier to maintaining adequate hygiene. The idea is not to compete with traditional soap, but to complement it and offer an alternative in scenarios where soap and/or water are scarce.
The main outcomes of the study will be:
The final project report provides information on the methodology, activities, outputs, impact and dissemination of learning.View
Research begins and experiments suggest that in its unprocessed or minimally processed form M. oleifera is not an effective antimicrobial against faecal indicator bacteria.View
Read what our Senior Innovation Manager Cecilie has to say about this projects, and the role 'good failure' can play in innovation.
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