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Weaning Food Hygiene - Mali

Wateraid/Eliza Deacon


This study, conducted in peri-urban Bamako, Mali, built upon an experiment in which the HACCP approach was applied to preparation of two common weaning foods and was used to develop a small-scale hygiene intervention comprising of simple hygiene measures which mothers could take in preparing and serving foods to their children, to prevent contamination. 

The intervention was very effective in reducing the prevalence and intensity of faecal contamination – the latter by several orders of magnitude – and thus in achieving behaviour change. The HACCP approach was also found to be effective in identifying the specific behaviour changes that would bring about such reductions. 


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