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Hygiene Promotion

The global Hygiene Promotion Working Group brings together hygiene promotion specialists from a range of humanitarian water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) organizations to focus on hygiene programming issues for the resolution of issues and elaboration of initiatives that can facilitate hygiene programming in operational contexts. The original Hygiene Promotion Working Group was instrumental in developing and designing the series of hygiene promotion training resources for use with community hygiene promotion workers, officers and coordinators.

The Hygiene Promotion Working Group was re-established partly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and due to the absence of a single coordination platform to support information exchange and knowledge sharing. The COVID-19 response has led to multiple initiatives and engagement in the humanitarian sphere of hygiene promotion.

The Working Group is chaired by Michelle Farrington (Oxfam) and co-chaired by Alexandra Machado (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies).

Useful Information


Objective 1 – Coordination: To coordinate the Global WASH Cluster (GWC) members initiatives related to hygiene promotion – led by Oxfam.

Objective 2 – Capacity-building: to build knowledge and capacity in hygiene promotion based on past and ongoing crisis (capacity-building needs analysis, roll-out of online, organize training with institutes, etc.) – led by Save the Children.

Objective 3 – Knowledge management: to assist the GWC in sharing tools and good practices through existing channels and new platforms if needed – led by IMC.


Find the Hygiene Promotion Working Group contact list here

Please contact to request membership and/or more information.

As one of its Strategic Principles, the GWC’s works in partnership with all WASH actors, including local and national actors, non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector, to find solutions to needs for cash and markets in humanitarian contexts. The Working Group members commit to active participation on a yearly basis.



For more information or to request support on hygiene promotion, please contact Michelle Farrington or Alex Machado or

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