Describe how you plan to use Wash'Em.
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The following are my key actions plan to use the WASH'em
great idea to include it in the quality benchmarks, Abdirizak! Let's stay in touch, I'd be interested to hear more about the outcomes of hygiene promotion programming in your areas of operation.
In a few weeks we will be hosting a WASH-specific training for some of our disaster response team members, and I will have the opportunity to introduce them to Wash’Em. I will have time for a 30 minute overview then nearly 2 hours in breakout sessions for some practical in-person exercises. I’m starting to prepare the content now, and I’m feeling especially grateful for all the training resources available in the Wash’Em app. Thank you!
@Deborah Robinson I'm glad you're happy with the training resources . Please let us know if you need any support putting together your training agenda.
I am planning to introduce the tool to the hand hygiene focal points in the region that I am working in via a quick overview session and then inviting those that are interested to a more indepth session, seeing if this could be interesting for them to be trained on and train partners on going forward. Further I want to promote the tool as an alternative to other ongoing approaches that are used to expand the Hand Hygiene toolbox we have at our disposal.
That would be great, you would become the Wash'Em focal point in the region now !! I guess we now have enough tools and ideas with us to try to share with our colleagues. :)
Very similar to Nicole; from here I'm planning to introduce Wash'Em to more colleagues working in different regions to gauge their ideas and interest - particularly with colleagues in emergency contexts where we see they might be struggling with promoting handwashing and thinking of new ideas. I can think of a few contexts already that this could be useful for.
After completion of the course I will meet internally with Technical Advisors from Child Protection, MHPSS and WASH Specialists. The objective would be to give them an overview of the approach and discuss the entry points for existing and future programming - specifically looking at opportunities and threats. Following these sessions I will have knowledge sharing sessions with the WASH staff based in the field, similarly establishing a platform for them to comment on the opportunities and threats - and allowing this to define the action plan on how we can integrate WASH'EM in hygiene promotion programs.
I particularly like the intentionality of including child protection and MHPSS technical advisors in the conversation. Great idea!
What you are planning to do is very important indeed! we need to acknowledge the importance of an integrated response during an emergency., including the mainstreaming of protection minimum standards in emergencies.
I joined the training as part of the RC/RC movement, and as part of it, I will participate in a first brainstorm meeting with my other colleagues to see how we can incorporate Wash'EM in our responses and approaches.
At the Netherlands Red Cross, we will do something similar. We have first to see how the tool fits into our approaches. I'm sure we will most likely include it as part of our responses, either ERU missions or others.
I would like to explore the usage of WASH'Em in the Middle East, where we intervene in a variety of contexts including refugee camps and urban areas, mainly in a protracted conflict setting. Together with my colleagues, we will train selected WASH staff on the tool and evaluate which geographical areas would benefit the most from this exercise.
What´s great about the tool is how organized it is, even if the teams do not fully use the tool, its different sub-tools will allow the teams to better understand community needs and accordingly adapt programming. If fully used, I expect that the tool will have a tremendous effect on the efficiency and effectiveness of program design processes, especially in terms of time management and the quality of the definitions of result statements.
I think this training came at the right time as we are preparing to launch a new project with a big hygiene promotion component. I would like to be able to put some of the tools into practice. In addition, it is possible that other members of the project will also participate in the Wash'Em training, which would greatly help us to implement all this quickly. I think this approach is relevant in the current context I work in and I hope we can implement it as soon as possible.
I intend to familiarize myself with the application first and I hope to be able to do several simulations in order to familiarize myself with all the possible options, and of course to be able to prepare each session as well as possible in order to avoid all the constraints that we have cited that could take place.
Please keep us posted on how things go as you implement Wash'Em.
I express interest for the training because I have some funds to design a handwashing programme so I was curious about WASH'EM and the use in our context. I launched an expression of interest to identify a local organization. So, I am planning to explore the opportunity to use WASH'EM. The only issue is the language barrier as we speak FR in Congo so I will be interested to talk more and use the tools in French. I can be reached in email@example.com. Our programme is addressing COVID-19 as this city is the highest affected. Looking forward to discuss more. Anyone who is also using the tool, is welcome to share their insights.
@Fabienne Bertrand our face to face training materials for Wash'Em have already been translated into French as are all the rapid assessment tools. You can find them here. All the videos you saw are also in French, you just need to select the French subtitles from the control panel. The course you just participated in will be delivered in French in October or November. My colleague @Emilie Sanmartin can keep you posted on the dates. In addition, the Wash'Em app is currently being translated into French and will be ready by mid-October.
I'm not sure if implementing partners have access to this tool, so we are able to share knowledge/ may learn them to use in humanitarian context, especially in hard to reach locations.
Hi Hussein, sharing the Wash'Em tools with other implementers is a great idea. If you need support planning a workshop or training, we'd be happy to help you.
There are three opportunities for benefitting from Wash'Em in the Asia WASH program of Terre des hommes. (1) First is to introduce it to our team in Bangladesh that are working in the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, particularly to apply this when beginning new initiative and while reviewing or when there is opportunity to improve the program after review. (2) Second, we are expecting to work with displaced people in Myanmar, where there will be the opportunity to apply it from the beginning. (3) We are also working on a handwashing promotion program in the community in Bardiya district of Nepal. One of the focuses there is handwashing stations. We have piloted our approach when we covered 2000 households that installed handwashing stations made up of covered buckets with taps placed in a raised platform, the people here used to wash hands at the handpump operated tube wells itself before. We are now scaling up the program covering the entire 10,000 households of one municipality following a total coverage approach. Though the two programs look different (the two being for totally different contexts – emergency and development), there are parallels in terms of the use of different behavior change concepts and theories though they have been approached differently in the two programs with the opportunities for reflecting on new ideas that could emerge.
Hi Laxman, happy to hear about your plans for using Wash'Em in several different contexts. It'd be nice to hear more about how the scaling-up goes!
Puisque je travaille dans une entreprise de production d'eaux minérales naturelles je prévois utiliser Wash'Em pour obtenir des recommandations plus adapté pour le personnel de l'usine qui vie actuellement dans un contexte de crise (pandémie de Corona virus).
It would be applied there and other food factories. Self cleaning is very important especially during pandemics.
Well, this came in the right time for me, as we are living difficult moments of humanitarian assistance to the terrorism in North of Mozambique, many refugees are in need of assistance, hence with these tools, our organization may be at a better place to plan and respond to these challenges. So far, we have responded to WashEm in two ways: the first one was by constructing 45 houses for displaced people with all handwashing facilities and other was on COVID-19 response, by providing handwashing facilities in public places such as markets, health care facilities and schools.
The Wash'em tool came at a time when the covid pandemic is very rife worldwide, my context not spared. Hence, with the emphasis on handwashing as one of the preventative measures of the transmission of the virus, l will ensure that l train facilitators in my community on how to use the tool in terms of observing the handwashing behaviour of people within my community. The data collection will assist the decision makers to make informed decisions in programming.
we have AWD outbreak in some DPs of kabul city and our project is on the point of implementation when i put the docs collected from the site to the program designer it gave me very practical ways of spreading the hand wash practices in the communities .
Now , I decided to give two sessions of orientations to our field stuff and get them to implement some recommendations of this tool as a behavior change methods to spread hand washing practices within the communities .
In addition , we will control this outbreak by strengthening water and food security within these DPs.
I run reasonably regular WASH in emergencies trainings for RedR UK and others. I will update the materials to include WASH'EM specifically as a tool. I also develop one off WASH trainings for various organisations and will see where it can be added in for these as well.
The Wash’em training came at the right time as we are preparing proposal for 2022 with full WASH program package, which will be implement in five refugee camps, principally seeing the current COVID-19 outbreak my organization planned handwashing promotion campaigns with providing handwashing facilities also. Hence with these tools, our organization may be at a better place to plan and respond to these challenges. I would like to be able to put Wash’em of the tools into practice, which would greatly help us to implement. I think this approach is relevant in the current context I work in.
I am planning to go through all the tools again to familiarize myself further. Then I intend to share with my colleques and other partners who are implementing a project in a camp setting. I will also recommend using WASH'em in the proposals that we are yet to develop for humanitarian context projects.
We have added WASHem to the WASH strategy for 2022-2025. All projects with hygiene promotion in them will incorporate the WASHem methodology. We will target HHs linked with the water supply programme and also schools and HH in IDP camps. I think the most effective area will be IDP camps so this will be the fist line. Once we have got a good foundation we will role it out to the other areas. The People in our context already know how to wash hands safely they usually lack the resources to practice it properly. Therefore WASHem will focus on this aspect i can imagine. We will have to train a lot staff in the methodology so this will be the first activity. Then we will undertake some testing to ensure we iron our the bugs before implementation.
Wash'Em especially hand washing component is at Piloting Stage at Our I-CREATE project with USAID in Turkana Kenya. We are at a stage of replicating and scaling up the hand washing in our Primary schools and this tool will be a great asset. The Hand washing demonstration tool will help us understand the interventions recommended for our programming.
The field staff will be trained on the concept and dispensation of the software tools for data collection with my close supervision and together guide them in analyzing the data and discussing the potential implementation recommendations
I plan to go through the tools again then start planning for the project that we are currently implementing. We intent to train the EHTs and VHWs on Wash'em so that they will collect the data and implement the recommendations.
Planning to use WASH'em across the organisation as part of our emergency preparedness programme in each country. So in 2022 will be planning a global workshop and then cascading this down to country WASH staff.
I've already been recommending Wash 'Em since I first saw it presented at a conference in Kenya in 2015. What the training course has shown however is a way of helping people with analysis. There are a limited number of promotion methods - the challenge is about selecting the most suitable one.
This is a common problem in WASH, where we might have various sanitation options, cholera control methods or any number of choices, but making that decision is hard. I have really seen a useful decision support tool - some take all the decisions away from you, some are too complex, some don't even help with the decision! The underlying WASH 'Em process is very interesting and has potential in other areas.
I will improve the elements of approach in alot of aspects,
with the knowledge of Wash'Em, i intend to pilot it in one of the areas we intend to provide emergency WASH services as a result of displacement occasioned by flooding.
This will provide us with innovations that will improve community perception towards hand washing. we have been constructing hand washing stations in former IDP camp, and they end up be destroyed and/or no ownership and maintenance by provision of soap and water to them. with Wash'Em, recommendations, we expect more community members washing hands at critical times.
I also intend to factor in our new programming to ensure it is costed and can be implemented since we are working in an emergency context.
This will be achieved through training more WASH staffs including M&E team who will support in data collection.
Thanks Nicole. Your thought is great.
I may/will plan for pilot first in a small scales. Then I`ll go back to organizer with my learnings and after that we will can go for scaling up. Our context is different in Cox`. We need to discussed among us/the hygiene promotion team.