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

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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
Pages (from-to)854-860
Number of pages7
JournalTropical Medicine and International Health
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


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