Integrating immunisation and water, sanitation and hygiene: a holistic approach to health

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Pramila Sharma, 19, holds her nine-month-old baby daughter during immunisation. Jagatipur-4, Jajarkot, Nepal. WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya
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Comprehensive diarrhoeal disease control and prevention requires inclusive and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, infrastructure and hygiene behaviours, alongside immunisation programmes.

Immunisation programmes reach more people than any other health intervention and serve as an important entry point to integrate WASH, with particular emphasis on hygiene behaviour change interventions. In this policy brief and summary two-pager, produced with the SHARE research consortium, we outline the strong rationale for their joint delivery.