An improved tool for household faeces management in rural Bangladeshi communities

Rebeca Sultana, Utpal K. Mondal, Nadia Ali Rimi, Leanne Unicomb, Peter J. Winch, Nazmun Nahar, Stephen P. Luby

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)854-860
Number of pages7
JournalTropical Medicine and International Health
Volume18
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2013

Keywords

  • Bangladesh
  • Child sanitation
  • Diarrhoeal disease
  • Faeces management
  • Hardware
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'An improved tool for household faeces management in rural Bangladeshi communities'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this