Access to improved water and sanitation facilities does not, on its own, necessarily lead to improved health. There is now very clear evidence showing the importance of hygienic behavior, in particular hand-washing with soap at critical times, manage household and kitchen wastage in a fixed place and also keep the household premises and water options clean etc. In fact, recent studies suggest that regular hand-washing with soap at critical times can reduce the number of diarrhea bouts by almost 50 per cent.
SPACE considers hygienic behavior as a key factor which can complement to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities; and combination of these three factors can ensure improved health of the people and protect them, particularly the children. During the reporting time, SPACE facilitated in installing 8,307 low cost hand washing devices which were mostly installed at residence premises, nearby latrines and at dining room by covering 66,583 inhabitants. Field data further reveals that84% people practiced appropriate hand washing at all five critical times.