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Instead of rising during the pandemic to slow the spread of COVID-19, new CCP research finds that handwashing rates actually fell in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
CCP-led research suggests that many in rural Liberia are ill-equipped to build and maintain latrines, leaving a majority of people to use the bush instead.
The findings, culled from surveys of more than 720,000 people in 23 countries, allow researchers, public health programmers and policymakers to see and respond to trends.
A new release from the KAP COVID dashboard includes regional data on knowledge, attitudes and behaviors within the U.S. and India, two countries where COVID-19 case counts are the highest in the world.
The findings come from the latest update of the KAP COVID dashboard, which presents data from a global survey of knowledge, attitudes and practices around COVID-19. Users can access unique pages for each of the countries surveyed and disaggregate findings by sex, age, education level and residence.
“Until we have a safe and effective vaccine, behavior change is the only tool we have to stem the spread of the virus,” says CCP’s Susan Krenn. “This COVID dashboard will help us more efficiently focus our behavior change efforts.”
As Johns Hopkins University navigates the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new outreach effort is urging collective action. CCP is using its social and behavior change communication skills to help protect the health and safety of staff and students.
In low- and middle-income countries, it’s hard to follow COVID-19 guidance on handwashing and social distancing when you lack soap and water and room to spread out. “Different messages and strategies will be needed … to slow the spread of disease,” says CCP’s Erica Nybro.
“What we don’t want to do is to incite fear,” says CCP’s Kathryn Bertram, in a Q&A where she talks COVID-19, communication and tailoring messages and nudges for communities worldwide.
JHU∙CCP announced today – Global Handwashing Day – that it has been awarded $760,000 from the Indian Ministry of the Environment to implement a two-year public awareness project in India. The project, Communication Support to the Mission for a Clean Ganges Project, will seek to
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