Hygiene Improvement Project (HIP)

The Hygiene Improvement Project (HIP) aims to reduce diarrheal disease prevalence and improve child survival through sustainable improvements in three key hygiene behaviors:

  • Handwashing with soap

  • Safe feces disposal

  • Safe storage and treatment of drinking water at the household level

HIP supports the integration of hygiene improvement into other health platforms such as HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, as well as non-health platforms such as schools. HIP also helps develop consumer approaches and private sector partnerships to increase the availability and demand for low-cost sanitation options, and assure effectiveness and sustainability of use.

The six-year project (2004-2010) is funded by USAID. The Academy for Educational Development (AED) leads the HIP consortium that includes the International Water Resources Center (IRC) and ARD. HIP is active in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Nepal, Peru, Uganda and the West Africa Water Initiative (WAWI) countries: Ghana, Mali, and Niger.

The Manoff Group's HIP country work includes:
Uganda: Improving hygiene for home-based care of HIV+ individuals and supporting sanitation marketing

Madagascar: Community-based behavior change strategy for WASH

Ghana, Mali, Niger: Technical assistance for WASH behavior change

Peru: Household behavior change to acheive point-of-use water treatment

Global Resource Materials
With the HIP team, The Manoff Group produced a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Improvement Training Package. This tool is intended to support the training of local outreach workers and their subsequent work in communities to promote improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in order to reduce diarrheal disease. The Training Package consists of three separate materials: (1) a step-by-step guide for training community outreach workers, (2) a reference guide for outreach workers to use during and after training, and (3) a visual compendium providing examples of visual aids. These materials provide information for organizations worldwide that seek to add WASH activities to their current programs or to start a diarrhea reduction program.