Access to handwashing facilities in humanitarian emergencies are limited or non-existent. As a result people affected by emergencies will not wash their hands or at least not often enough. This has the effect that diseases related to hand hygiene increases dramatically.
Present solution: Distribution of soap (and water). This solution does not solve the problem as it requires an almost impossible logistic operation. As water, is largely a scarce resource it will be used primarily for other purposes than handwashing.
Supertowel is easy to distribute as the product is light weight, low volume and durable. With Supertowel, you may wash your hands anywhere, any time and with minimal water and no soap consumption.
In the laboratory, we will establish proof that Supertowel can in fact provide users with clean hands without using soap and with a very limited water usages (50 – 200 ml per handwash). In the field, we will examine user acceptance and establish the required behaviour change communication that is needed in support of the product.
Sian White and Torben Holm Larsen write about the Supertowel field study in Ethiopia, published on Evidence Aid.View
For three weeks Real Relief have performed extended observations in 13 households.View
Sian White, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, writes about the use of Supertowel during food preparation.View
Real Relief complete their first laboratory test.View
Learn more about this WASH project, and many others, in our Humanitarian WASH Innovation Catalogue.
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