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Sian White Hygiene Hub Team123 LSHTM
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Sharing the work of GOAL who recently used the Wash'Em process in Honduras to understand handwashing behaviour and inform their programme design. Full case study here. They used lots of creativity to ensure that the process could be done safely in different regions of the country.
For example one of the urban areas where they were working had active transmission so they realised that face-to-face FGDs would not be safe. Instead they realised that Facebook messenger was common in the area. They provided participants with 1 day of internet credit and got them to join virtual FGDs using video chat. To improve acceptability they created a information video about the study. They also wanted to include older people but these individuals often didn't use Facebook. To get around this they buddied older people with their grandchildren so that they were able to participate.
In another more rural area there was no active transmission and no restrictions on gathering so they decided face-to-face FGDs were safe. They brought people together in an area close to their homes to minimise the need for unecessary travel. On arrival people were asked to wash their hands with soap and were given a mask. They ensured physical distancing was maintained throughout the discussion and participants were asked to wash their hands with soap again on departure.
Do others have examples of how data collection processes are being adapted for COVID-19?