A new endline report discusses how Peru’s enabling environment for handwashing with soap has progressed since 2007. The research, conducted by the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), indicates that the enabling environment has been strengthened at both national and regional levels. In addition, efforts to integrate and institutionalize handwashing with soap behavior change into national, regional, and local policies related to health and nutrition, education, water, and sanitation have largely been achieved.
Among other findings and recommendations:
- Although some uncertainties exist with regard to possible political and social changes in the country, handwashing with soap interventions will likely continue to be implemented at a large scale in many regions.
- Several activities have helped strengthen the enabling environment, including advocacy, engaging partners, facilitating financing, and building capacity.
- Recommendations to further strengthen the enabling environment include assisting public sector partners in planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating multisector water, sanitation, and hygiene investments; and encouraging regional governments to include funding and activities to promote handwashing in their development plans.
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