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PHAST Step-By-Step Guide: A Participatory Approach for the Control of Diarrhoeal Diseases

World Health Organization (WHO) | Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) | United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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The PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation) approach helps people to feel more confident about themselves and their ability to take action and make improvements in their communities. Feelings of empowerment and personal growth are as important as the physical changes, such as cleaning up the environment or building latrines.

This step-by-step guide can help you help communities improve their environments and manage their water and sanitation facilities, particularly for prevention of diarrhoeal disease. You won't need to do a lot of additional background reading, but you will need training in either the PHAST or SARAR methodology upon which this guide is based (See inside front cover for information on training in participatory methods). You will also need some technical knowledge about diarrhoeal disease transmission to share with community members and to guide discussion.

This guide helps community workers to use a methodology for community hygiene behaviour change and to improve water and sanitation facilities.