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Trop Med Int Health. 2013 Jul;18(7):854-60. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12103. Epub 2013 Apr 5.

An improved tool for household faeces management in rural Bangladeshi communities.

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Center for Communicable Diseases, icddr, b, Dhaka, Bangladesh. rebeca@icddrb.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore child defecation and faeces management practices in rural Bangladesh with the aim to redesign and pilot a tool to facilitate removal and disposal of faeces.

METHODS:

We conducted six group discussions, six short interviews and three observations of practices and designed the new tool. We piloted the new tool and elicited feedback through two in-depth interviews and two observations.

RESULTS:

Until three years of age, a child commonly defecates in the courtyard and occasionally inside the house. A heavy digging hoe was commonly used to remove child faeces. Mothers preferred a redesigned 'mini-hoe' and found it easier to use for removal and disposal of liquid faeces.

CONCLUSIONS:

Promoting modified local tools may contribute to improving environmental sanitation and health.

PMID:
23557125
DOI:
10.1111/tmi.12103
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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