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Engagement, Simplicity and Sanitation

A simple and cheap process to promote hand washing, save water & save lives from Tippy Tap in India.

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"The challenge is to transform hand washing with soap from an abstract good idea into an automatic behaviour performed in homes, schools, and communities worldwide. Turning hand washing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhoea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter."

Enter the Tippy Tap: it's an innovative hands free way to wash hands that is especially appropriate for areas where there where access to running water is limited.

"While the tippy tap is a great technology, it is just that – a technology. It is important to recognise that there is a difference between great technology and adoption of the technology. However, it is a great tool that can help kick start the conversation about hand washing with soap and help increase this behaviour. And it does so in a fun and easy manner that is especially appealing to children." Tippy Tap also work on hand washing campaigns to compliment this frugal technology.

What interests me about Tippy Tap in the context of this challenge is it's use of easy to access materials, the ability to involve locals in low-income communities in installation and promotion and their focus on educating people on sanitation issues in an engaging, locally relevant way.

Quotes sourced from the Tippy Tap website 

And a hat tip to film maker Andrew Hinton who I met in Delhi earlier this year at the Unbox Festival where I was presenting for OpenIDEO. I think he's done a really brilliant job in portraying the Tippy Tap in the video above – and I'm not the only one! The clip went on to win the Do-Gooder Non-Profit Video Awards.



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