In this Study Session, you have learned that:
- The physical environment is the world we can see around us; the social environment is the invisible world of social interactions between people, their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, practices and traditions.
- As a WASH worker you should understand the attitudes and beliefs about WASH practices in your community and whether they are valued or rejected.
- You should share your knowledge of how WASH practices benefit human health and protect the environment, but knowledge alone may not convince people to change traditional behaviours.
- Misconceptions, unhelpful attitudes and factually incorrect beliefs must be respectfully challenged and changed if you are going to achieve the goals for WASH improvement.
- Economic factors make it difficult for families to afford WASH facilities or make them a priority; however, repeated episodes of avoidable infections are a financial burden that WASH practices could reduce.
- Gender differences in sanitation behaviour mean that women in particular will be more comfortable, private and safe if they can access a latrine.
- Handwashing at critical times protects everyone from infection.
- Protecting the environment from pollution by faeces and other waste is a responsibility that everyone should share and value.
- Behaviour change communication strategies engage the whole community in developing an action plan, to make WASH facilities more available and good WASH practices the norm.
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