Handwashing Compendium for Low Resource Settings: A Living Document

Published on 14 October 2020

Frequent and proper handwashing with soap is vital to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In response, we have developed this Handwashing Compendium for Low Resource Settings.

Bringing existing information from different organisations into one place, the compendium provides guidance, local examples of and further resources on accessible low-cost handwashing facilities, environmental cues and physically distanced hygiene promotion.

The compendium is a living document which will be updated regularly as more examples and good practice emerge. It has been developed and disseminated quickly so immediate, relevant and timely actions can be taken. This version is the third edition. This updated version includes new or heavily edited sections on:

  • Handwashing facilities
    • Drying hands
    • Making handwashing facilities accessible
    • Designing handwashing facilities that encourage use
    • Bamboo handwashing station
    • Local examples of handwashings facilities
  • Physically distanced hygiene promotion and community engagement
    • Examples of community engagement

Please share feedback and contributions via email ([email protected]) or Twitter (@SanLearningHub). We are interested to hear how the compendium is being used as well as feedback and inputs to improve it. For those with limited internet access, individual sections of the compendium can also be sent upon request.

Cite this publication

Coultas, M. and Iyer, R. with Myers, J. (2020) Handwashing Compendium for Low Resource Settings: A Living Document, Edition 1, The Sanitation Learning Hub, Brighton: IDS


Mimi Coultas

Research Officer

Ruhil Iyer

Research Officer

Jamie Myers

Research and Learning Manager

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