This publication lays out guiding principles around four priority areas: daily group hand washing; menstrual hygiene management (MHM), WASH in Schools in the post-2015 development agenda; and strengthening the evidence base.
- Supervised daily group hand washing in schools can be an effective strategy for building hygiene habits, with the potential to lead to positive health and education outcomes for children.
- Providing female students and staff with practical information and private and safe facilities for MHM contributes to dignity and gender equality and may decrease absenteeism.
- The possibility of WASH in Schools (WinS) being included in the new set of global development goals represents a significant opportunity to raise the profile of WinS.
- While the role of WinS in improving health outcomes and boosting attendance among school children is now more recognized, there remains a need to improve the evidence base around a range of areas, including on the efficacy and effectiveness of WinS programmes.