An improved tool for household faeces management in rural Bangladeshi communities

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

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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

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Rural Population
Feces
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Defecation
Sanitation
Bangladesh
Environmental Health
Practice Management
Mothers

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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An improved tool for household faeces management in rural Bangladeshi communities. / Sultana, Rebeca; Mondal, Utpal K.; Rimi, Nadia Ali; Unicomb, Leanne; Winch, Peter John; Nahar, Nazmun; Luby, Stephen P.

In: Tropical Medicine and International Health, Vol. 18, No. 7, 07.2013, p. 854-860.

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Sultana, Rebeca ; Mondal, Utpal K. ; Rimi, Nadia Ali ; Unicomb, Leanne ; Winch, Peter John ; Nahar, Nazmun ; Luby, Stephen P. / An improved tool for household faeces management in rural Bangladeshi communities. In: Tropical Medicine and International Health. 2013 ; Vol. 18, No. 7. pp. 854-860.
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