Children as Handwashing Change Agents: A Short Review of the Evidence

Jun 17, 2015
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Many global health behavior change programs focus on influencing children, given their adaptability. In the early years of life, children are still learning about the world, identifying social norms, and forming lifelong habits, so this is an opportune moment to help them develop the habit of handwashing with soap at critical times.

But can children be more than the passive recipients of knowledge, values, beliefs, and behaviors? A growing body of thought supports the concept of respecting and valuing children as health-promoting actors for their families and peers.