School Wide Activity

The Tippy Tap Program

Initiative Description: The handwashing program contains three components: handwashing education, construction of tippy-taps and provision of soap. The education component is centered on instructional lessons about the benefits, proper technique and critical times when handwashing should take place (e.g. after using the toilet, before and after eating, when hands are dirty)

Study Results: After 1 month, the intervention schools reported a large increase in daily handwashing rates and absence of stomach pain episodes compared with the control schools.

Reference: Zhang, C., Mosa, A. J., Hayward, A. S., & Matthews, S. A. (2013). Promoting clean hands among children in Uganda: A school-based intervention using ‘tippy-taps’. Public Health, 127(6), 586-589

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good