UNICEF Regional WASH Innovation Challenge

We are delighted to share with you details of the Regional WASH Innovation challenge which UNICEF recently launched in partnership with BRAC and ask your support in sharing the contacts and details throughout your sectors and networks.

This year the focus is on handwashing – looking for innovative ways to get Mothers and caregivers to wash their hands with soap at critical times. washinnovation

HANDWASHING + SOAP = SAVED LIVES – If it’s simple in theory why is it so hard to practice?

This challenge is open to applicants from all countries in South Asia and there is a $5,000 prize for each of the three categories, full details and applications can be made through the following links and I have also included some specific details in the text below.

The closing date is September 10, 2018 – so please join us on facebook, twitter and Instagram and visit our website. But most importantly help us spread the word about this important challenge so that we can solve the equation and save more lives through improved handwashing.

Regional WASH Innovation Challenge

Purpose and Problems to be addressed by the Challenge – The purpose of the Regional WASH Innovation Challenge will be to identify innovative solutions to promote handwashing with soap that can be implemented to scale in the South Asia region. The promotion will focus on:

  • Improving education and awareness of handwashing with soap, identifying the benefits of using soap, understanding of proper handwashing techniques and critical times for handwashing; and
  • Behaviour change, resulting in and sustaining the increase of good practice of handwashing with soap using proper techniques and at critical times;
  • Health impact where the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases and respiratory infections is reduced, improving children’s health and mitigating the risk of preventable child deaths.

In recognition of the significant role played by mothers and other care givers in South Asia, the main objective of the Challenge will be to promote handwashing with soap by mothers and care givers before preparing food, before feeding babies and children, after defecation and after changing baby nappies.

The resulting outcomes will be the improvements in the health and nutritional status of children and their families and empowerment of mothers and care givers to have control over the health of the children in their care.

Challenge Format

The challenge will drive towards:

  • Development of innovative behaviour change campaigns promoting handwashing with soap during critical times by mothers and care givers, tailored to local contexts and issues;
  • Development of appropriate technologies to make handwashing with soap by mothers and care givers during critical times easier and more fun; and
  • Development of innovative systems to measure and monitor handwashing at home, in schools and health centres in a sustainable way.

The challenge is open to participants from all 8 countries in the South Asia region: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The final of the challenge will be October 22, 2018. Participants are encouraged from start-ups, small NGOs, university students, communication agencies and developers’ communities.

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