USAID’s Environmental Health Team sponors projects and provides financial support to selected governmental and international organizations to conduct programs and research on environmental health issues. These include:
- Hygiene Improvement Project
- PPP Handwashing
- WHO HWTS Network
The Hygiene Improvement Project (HIP)
HIP is part of the next generation of USAID’s environmental health projects. HIP is designed to work at scale, focusing on behavior change to improve child health outcomes. The project is working at scale by engaging multiple stakeholders and partners from different sectors, using a variety of interventions, and integrating hygiene into health and non-health programs such as HIV/AIDS, nutrition and food security, and education. HIP offers USAID programs new tools, approaches and a behavior-centered focus to reduce diarrheal disease.
HIP intends to reduce diarrheal disease morbidity by improving three hygiene practices: proper hand washing with soap or acceptable substitute, safe disposal of feces, and safe storage and treatment of drinking water at point of use. HIP’s behavior change strategy requires addressing all three components of USAID’s Hygiene Improvement Framework (HIF): accessing hardware, products and technologies; promoting hygiene; and creating an enabling environment.
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