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Health in our hands, but not in our heads: understanding hygiene motivation in Ghana.

This study used consumer research to investigate the factors motivating handwashing with soap in order to inform a national communications campaign for Ghana. It revealed that the strongest motivators for handwashing with soap were related to nurturance, social acceptance and disgust of faeces and latrines, especially their smell. Protection from disease is mentioned as a driving force, but was not a key motivator of handwashing behaviour. The ways in which these findings have been translated into a handwash promotion campaign are discussed. Health Policy Plan. 2007;22(4):225-33. Epub 2007 May.

Author: Scott B, Curtis V, Rabie T, Garbrah-Aidoo N

Published: 01/05/2007

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Health Policy and Planning