The study of hand washing practices in Ntungamo district is part of a larger strategy
being implemented in different countries to decrease the prevalence of childhood
diarrhea, in the frame work of the global public – private partnership for hand
washing with soap.
This study of hand washing practices using soap in Ntungamo district aimed at reducing
childhood diarrhea prevalence in the district. It represents a preliminary study
designed to collect the information necessary to design appropriate strategies to
reduce diarrhea prevalence in under five years of age.
The study used quantitative and qualitative methods to collect data from a representative
sample of several supervision areas of Ntungamo district.
Results: The practice of hand washing after latrine
use among the respondents was very low (52%) compared to washing hands before and
after meals (77%). The study also revealed a low use of soap during hand washing
where (52%) who washed their hands after contact with feces, only 14.6% used soap.
Whereas whose who washed their hands while handling food were77%, but out of 77%
only 28% used soap
was no diarrhea reported among respondents that had A-level education and only 20%
of those that had post-secondary education reported having diarrhea episodes among
the under-five compared to 64% that reported diarrhea among the under-fives for
those that had incomplete primary level of education, 57% among the households of
functional adult learning graduates and 49% for those that completed primary level
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