Handwashing Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices in Korogocho (Nairobi) and Bondo (Nyanza)

Publish Date: January 2014
Author: MCHIP
Language: English

This assessment evaluates the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of mothers of infants under 28 days of age and of health care providers in two disparate, but resource-poor settings in Kenya: a rural area in Bondo (Nyanza) and Korogocho slums (Nairobi).

The findings showed that new mothers in urban slums and rural areas do not have sufficient knowledge or do not practice correct handwashing habits that would reduce the burden of neonatal infections. Implementation of simple interventions, such as handwashing with soap, would likely reduce the incidence of preventable neonatal infections. These simple and effective infection prevention and control measures should be adopted by caregivers of neonates and health service providers as standard practices.

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