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For students who are not taught proper hygiene at home, health education can greatly influence their lives. In many countries, comprehensive hygiene education is government-mandated. In Bangladesh, it is not. BRAC’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programme works in schools to compensate for this.
It’s time to WASH up!
1. You wash your hands before you eat, because the government told you to.
2. If you can do your business in private, you’re better off than 1.1 billion people in the world.
3. Access to WASH technology is highly dependent on demographics.
4. School attendance rates depend on the availability of clean, private toilets for girls.
5. Children are the best catalysts for changing community hygiene.
6. Good hygiene does not have to be expensive.
7. Sometimes, however, the only way you can stay healthy and clean is by investing in costly structures.
8. Serving others and ensuring good hygiene can be profitable.
9. Good hygiene can be entertaining, too.
10. Two pits are better than one.
11. The most powerful way to improve community health is to increase women’s access to sanitation resources.
12. The most cost-effective way to improve sanitation is to influence men’s financial decisions.
Gabrielle Field is an intern with the BRAC Summer Exposure Programme.