Improving Hygiene and Sanitation through Parental Skill Training WP No. 04/22

Improving Hygiene and Sanitation through Parental Skill Training

Abstract

We implement a parental skill training intervention with a particular focus on hygiene and sanitation in rural Bangladesh. Treatment divides mothers into two arms: i) learning module only, and ii) learning plus individualized home-visits. Mothers in both arms (learning, home visit) show substantial increase in knowledge-base, translating into good hygiene practice (0.58, 0.66 SD); handwashing (0.33, 0.61 SD), as well as balanced-food provision (0.28, 0.46 SD). Two extensions show long term gains in better childcare practice during the Covid-19 pandemic and substantial within family spillovers with improvement of parenting practices towards older siblings.

Authors

  • Asad Islam
  • Umair Khalil
  • Tabassum Rahman

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