Toward a Hygienic Environment for Infants and Young Children: A Review
Thursday, Apr 5, 2018
at 9:00 AM
By USAID Water CKM Project
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ABOUT THIS WEBINAR
The United States Agency for International development (USAID) is holding a webinar to discuss findings from the recent report, "Toward a Hygienic Environment for Infants and Young Children: A Review of the Literature."
USAID recently completed this review of the scientific and grey literature to capture the state of knowledge of the health risks to infants and young children from fecal exposure in their home environments, focusing on historically underemphasized sources and transmission pathways not disrupted by the traditional suite of WASH measures.
The review is complemented by an array of interviews with researchers and practitioners and includes two central findings: (1) domestic animal excreta may be a significant source of risk; and (2) direct ingestion of pathogens via eating feces, dirt (geophagy) and/or mouthing behaviors represent important paths of transmission. Technological and behavioral measures that reduce exposure to excreta in play spaces are of growing interest for the protection of infant and child health.
In this webinar, Julia Rosenbaum, along with Francis Ngure and Jeff Albert will present highlights from the desk review, share key lessons for implementers, and share the project’s next steps in this area.
Jeff Albert is Deputy Project Director of WASHPaLS and co-founder of the Aquaya Institute. He is a WASH professional with over two decades of research experience, including 12 years in international development.
Senior Behavior Change Specialist/Hygienic Play Space Task Lead, WASHPaLS Project
Rosenbaum is a seasoned behavior change specialist with FHI360, instrumental in shaping AED and now FHI360’s behavior change approach beyond communications to incorporate the role of improved systems, products, and services in catalyzing and...
Ngure is guiding the WASHPaLS hygienic play space research task as well as co- author of the hygienic play spaces literature review. He concurrently serves as a leading nutrition scientist in the formative research activities for a mycotoxin...
Environmental Health Team Lead, Senior WASH Advisor, and Sanitation Focal Point
Jesse Shapiro is the Environmental Health Team Lead, a Senior Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor and Sanitation Focal Point at USAID based in GH. He is an engineer with experience in international development focused on WASH policy...