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Effect of a Behaviour Change Intervention on the Quality of Peri-Urban Sanitation in Lusaka, Zambia: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Effect of a Behaviour Change Intervention on the Quality of Peri-Urban Sanitation in Lusaka, Zambia: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Author: 
James B Tidwell
Jenala Chipungu
Samuel Bosomprah
Robert Aunger
Val Curtis
Roma Chilengi
Publication Date
Monday, April 1, 2019
Affiliation: 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (Tidwell, Aunger, Curtis); Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (Chipungu, Bosomprah, Chilengi); University of Ghana (Bosomprah

"It is possible to improve the structural quality and cleanliness of shared sanitation by targeting landlords with a scalable, theory-driven behaviour change intervention without subsidy or provision of the relevant infrastructure."

Data show that the number of people using shared toilets increased from 204 million to 465 million over the period 1990 to 2015 in Africa alone. This study investigated to what extent sanitation could be improved by the residents of an informal settlement in Zambia themselves, through behaviour change promotion alone, in the absence of institutional change or financial subsidy.

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The Lancet Planetary Health Volume 3, Issue 4, PE187-E196. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(19)30036-1; and email from Ben Tidwell to The Communication Initiative on November 13 2019.

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