The Hygiene Centre’s specialist area of research is domestic and personal hygiene. Researchers at the Hygiene Centre have been developing evidence of the effectiveness of hand washing with soap against diarrhoeal diseases since 1995. More recently the centre has explored the intergration of hand washing into exisitng sanitation or nutritional programs through multiple behavior change trials.

Poor food hygiene is likely to be a significant contributor to the morbidity of diarrhoeal disease. Yet there have been surprisingly few efforts to quantify how the microbiological contamination of food may contribute to the diarrhoeal disease burden and then how we might go about changing food hygiene behavior in order to address this. Presently the SHARE Consortium is funding a clinical trial in Nepal to measure the effectiveness of a behavior change intervention designed to change five key food hygiene behaviors.

Menstrual hygiene management is a neglected topic which has far-reaching implications for health, education and gender. SHARE have been pioneers in this area of research and have sought to position menstrual hgyiene as a critical issue on national and international health agendas.

A selection of our publications relating to hygiene:

  1. Freeman, MC, Stocks, ME, Cumming, O, Jeandron, A, Higgins, JPT, Wolf, J, Prüss-Ustün, A, Bonjour, S, Hunter, PR, Fewtrell, L and Curtis, V (2014), Hygiene and health: systematic review of handwashing practices worldwide and update of health effectsTrop Med Int Health. 2014 Aug;19(8):906-16. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12339.
  2. Jiménez A, Cavill S, Cairncross S. 2014. The neglect of hygiene promotion in developing countries, as shown by the Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water survey. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development. 4(2):24
  3. Biran, A., Curtis, V.,  Gautam, OP., Greenland, K., Islam, S., Schmidt, WP., Sijbesma, C., Sumpter, C., Torondel, B. Background paper on measuring WASH and hygiene practices – Definition of goals to be tackled post 2015 by the Joint Monitoring Program, 2012.

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