WASH in Schools
Current research in this area:
FIT Plus – healthy hygiene habits and clean school toilets for children in the Philippines.
FIT Plus is a randomised control trial of a School WASH intervention in the Philippines, designed to get children washing their hands and brushing their teeth, at the same time as ensuring school toilets are kept clean and usable. The project is a public private partnership between GIZ and Unilever, and is implemented through the Philippine Department of Education.
The project is an extension of the Fit for School (FIT) programme which has been running in the Philippines; Laos; Cambodia and Indonesia since 2008, reaching over 2 million school children. FIT provides schools with a group handwashing kit, where a whole class can wash their hands at once, and promotes daily group handwashing and tooth brushing. This has now been adopted by UNICEF as their three star approach. FIT Plus recognises the need for capacity support to clean and maintain working toilets in schools; and is designed to integrate this component into the existing FIT programme. The Environmental Health Group is developing an index to measure toilet usability as defined by the Sustainable Development Goals; and novel ways to measure handwashing in order to evaluate FIT Plus.