Testing New Small-Scale Mechanisms: Action Research

By 17 April 2019News, Recent News

In the field, it is difficult to anticipate the results of an experiment from a theoretical point of view… Nothing replaces the implementation of real actions, coupled with precise measurement of results. 

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In Burkina Faso, our pilot project, “Elephant Memories,” which will launch very soon, is installed in 10 primary schools in the province of Gourma in the East of the country and concerns 3600 students. 

The goal is to anchor the habit of washing hands in schoolchildren to fight against infectious diseases, turning a daily chore into a fun routine and colorful game. A fun device is set up for this: a path drawn as elephant legs connects the latrines to the canteen via the washing point. The traditional water tank is an elephant head, the water comes out from the elephant trunk, and the ears are mirrors. 

Washing results will be compared to other more traditional and inconclusive sensitization devices, and reproduction at the national level is expected if the results are positive.  

 

 

April 17, 2019