Neglected voices, neglected diseases: igniting youth driven innovation in sanitation solutions for Maasai pastoralists in rural and remote Tanzania (SHINE – Sanitation and Hygiene INnovation in Education)

Neglected voices, neglected diseases: igniting youth driven innovation in sanitation solutions for Maasai pastoralists in rural and remote Tanzania (SHINE – Sanitation and Hygiene INnovation in Education)

Project SHINE (Sanitation and Hygiene INnovation in Education), is on a mission to work with youth and communities to help them find simple, low-cost, low-tech ways to improve sanitation and hygiene to reduce diarrheal incidence in rural and remote settings

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Background

Worldwide, 1.1 billion people practice open defecation, resulting in diarrheal diseases – a leading cause of death among children under five. Project SHINE (Sanitation and Hygiene INnovation in Education), is on a mission to work with youth and communities to help them find simple, low-cost, low-tech ways to improve sanitation and hygiene to reduce diarrheal incidence in rural and remote settings. The Project SHINE team, from the University of Calgary, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania, aims to stimulate sustainable changes through ripple effects across several domains, including education, health and livelihood diversification. Project SHINE has been first piloted in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of Tanzania, a rural setting inhabited primarily by Maasai pastoralists. On the heels of promising results in Tanzania, Project SHINE will soon be adapted and implemented in India, where open defecation is one of the most pressing public health challenges.


Objectives

The SHINE intervention aims to achieve the following objectives: 1) improve knowledge, attitudes and practices among students related to sanitation and hygiene, as well as increase interest and motivation for science, and 2) engage secondary school students and the wider community in the development and evaluation of locally sustainable sanitation and hygiene prototypes and health promotion strategies to reduce parasitic infection.


More about the project

Advocating the use of empowering and non-stigmatizing approaches to motivate  behavior change, Project SHINE is an innovative, grassroots participatory science education and social entrepreneurship approach to engaging youth and communities in the development and evaluation of strategies to improve sanitation and hygiene in rural and remote settings.

  • The SHINE intervention aims to engage secondary school students and the wider community in the development and evaluation of locally sustainable sanitation and hygiene prototypes and health promotion strategies to reduce parasitic infection.
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Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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