According to the course organiser, Netwas International, promotion of hygiene and sanitation has traditionally been based on directives, training, and guidelines focusing individuals and households. However, these messages rarely led to significant improvement in hygiene behaviour. As the top down didactic approaches have had little impact in transforming communities to change their behaviours, there is need to use participatory methods.
Participatory Hygiene & Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) is a participatory approach that has the ultimate goal to improve the health and living conditions of the poor. PHAST uses visual tools and techniques to stimulate the participation of community members in the promotion of improved hygiene and sanitation. Through the improvement of people's understanding of water, sanitation, hygiene and health relationships, PHAST is designed to enhance permanent changes in hygiene behaviour and community involvement. The understanding and involvement of community members form a sound basis for sustainable community management of water sanitation facilities, in terms of operation and maintenance.
The objectives of the course are to:
- introduce participants to the principles and facilitation of PHAST
- introduce principles and facilitation of PHAST, build the capacity of interactive participatory facilitation skills, as well as build capacities of the participants; and
- design a monitoring and evaluation tool which can be adopted and used in their communities for positive hygiene and sanitation behavioural change.
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This course is designed for management and field staff of community-based organisations (CBOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government bodies, and development partners. It is also meant for public health officers, health managers, and community health workers who want to improve the impact on the ground and develop sustainable sanitation interventions, as well as head teachers and teachers in charge of health clubs or WASH clubs.
Tuition is US$1,480 (2 weeks); Accommodation: US$ 780 (2 weeks).
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