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What is the humanitarian need?

Access to handwashing facilities in humanitarian emergencies are limited or non-existent. As a results 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.

What is the innovative solution?

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.

What are the expected outcomes?

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.

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Latest Updates

Using evidence to drive innovation in humanitarian handwashing interventions

21 Nov 2018

Sian White and Torben Holm Larsen write about the Supertowel field study in Ethiopia, published on Evidence Aid.

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In the field with the Supertowel

9 Nov 2018

For three weeks Real Relief have performed extended observations in 13 households.

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Rethinking handwashing during food preparation

04 Oct 2018

Sian White, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, writes about the use of Supertowel during food preparation.

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Hand washing the smart way

29 Jan 2018

Real Relief complete their first laboratory test.

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