The first piece of research funded by the Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute reveals crucial correlation between drought and diarrhoea among children under 5

The first research to have been funded by the Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute, has been published in Nature Communications. RGHI is a not-for-profit foundation that was established by Reckitt plc in 2020 with a $25 million grant to generate…

On World Refugee Day hygiene experts highlight the many camps that don’t have clean water and proper toilets

A lack of clean water, hazardous toilets and no menstrual hygiene products – that’s the reality many refugees the world over are facing.

On World Food Safety Day hygiene experts call for the return of home economics

Food hygiene plays a critical role in global health and when not adhered to and complied with, people die. On World Food Safety Day, hygiene experts call for better education around food hygiene.

What a new indicator list means for menstrual health and hygiene

Last month, a consortium of experts and stakeholders on menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) and measurement launched a shortlist of indicators to monitor girls’ MHH at national level. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,…

Case study: Dr Sheilah Simiyu

Hygiene is so basic yet so difficult for people to practise and we don’t know why, says Dr. Sheillah Simiyu, Associate Research Scientist at the African Population & Health Research Centre in Kenya. Simiyu, who has dedicated her career to water, sanitation and hygiene, is one of five researchers selected to be the first recipients of the Reckitt fellowship. This three year program aims to support the next generation of evidence at the intersection of health and hygiene and is run by the Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute. 

Case study: Dr Ian Ross

Cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis have a lot to offer hygiene research, according to Dr. Ian Ross, a research fellow in health economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Such information, he explained, is critical when it comes to allocating resources to the most efficient interventions and reaching more people with the same money. Despite this, very little research in this area exists, he said.

Case study: Dr Julie Hennegan

There are a lot of different menstrual-related needs that people have and the default is to provide tangible products, but more information is needed about what people actually want and need. With support from the Reckitt fellowship, Dr. Julie Hennegan, research fellow at Australia’s Burnet Institute, plans to generate research on just that.

Case study: Giorgia Gon

How can culture be leveraged to promote improved hygiene practices? That’s the question Giorgia Gon, Assistant Professor of epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, plans to answer over the next three years.

Following Covid, where do we stand with hygiene?

Over the past two years, globally the world’s understanding of the importance of hygiene and where it fits within our toolbox of preventative measures to save off illness has substantially increased. More people are handwashing on a more…

Hygiene experts call out the lack of attention to World Hand Hygiene Day

May 5th marked the World Health Organization’s World Hand Hygiene Day. Despite the world still being in the throes of a global pandemic where hand hygiene plays a core component, little was done to mark the day.