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I am curious to learn how others turned the WASHEM recommendations into a complete hygiene promotion plan (timing, nr of people etc etc.) . To me this is still a hurdle after the WASHEM analysis and recommendations.

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Tom Heath
ACF WASH Technical Advisor

Hi Harm its an important question and a hurdle. For me, its the final step of completing WASH'EM, integrating the recommendations into the broader program activities. Wash'EM gives you a base, adapted for your context, contraints and the data you collect, however it cant integrate that within your portfolio of programs, their activities and the other health/hygiene messages you are addressing. In Nigeria and Madagascar we took the recommendations prepared and then worked as a team to review how we could make this part of our hygiene promotion strategy. In Nigeria, we had health volunteers working in camps on a range of messages and were able to integrate the activities into their sessions, while also putting up billboards linked to other structural recommendations. We also used the results to design a radio campaign. In Madagascar the teams work with Care groups and the activities were incorporated into the session planning. In the Nigeria example we were writing a proposal at that point so were able to explicitly incorporate the actions into the program that also ensured the team followed through on the different activiites. 

Jaïnil DIDARALY
WaSH in Emergencies Preparedness for the Caribbean

Excellent question Harm I agree with you that could be the next step in moving the WaSH'Em tool forward. I believe there are a few examples from other countries on their website. Meanwhile what I do to help my design is :

-Evaluate the needs of supplies brought by the recommended activities (mirrors etc..) to build my supplies plan and adjust my hygiene kits and sensitization materials

-Assess the number of staffs needed for each activity and possible mutualization/pooling of Hygiene Promoters who could do more than one activity

-Budget these into the overall plan

-Prioritize by impact vs resources: prioritizing the activities which require the less HR/Budget/time but with the biggest (potentially/foreseen) impact 

-Include them into my workplan or HP action plan, starting with those which are the easiest and less time consuming (to be able to evaluate sooner some impact) 

-Make sure you frequently discuss with your implementing team to appraise and assess after some time to constantly re-adjust priorities and the way you do it