Hand Washing with Soap Innovation Challenge by UNICEF and BRAC in south Asia

  • Apply Before : September 29, 2019

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 4389
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded

Opportunity Description

If you have an innovative solution for promoting handwashing with soap behavior, making handwashing with easier or the solution to monitor or measure it at home, in school, etc. you can apply to Wash Innovation challenge and win 5000 dollars.


Deadline for Water challenge submission deadline: September 30, 2019

Finalist announcement: October 8, 2019

Finale: October 22, 2019


Eligible countries: South Asian Countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.)

Number of the winner: 3

What is the problem?

There are illnesses and infectious diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, neonatal tetanus and respiratory infection that will be prevented or reduced by handwashing with soap. According to the research studies, hand washing can reduce the risk of diarrhea by 42-47% and the risk of acute respiratory infection in children by half.

Moreover, the account of neonatal mortality was much lower among those reported washing their hands in a study. Source: https://www.unicef.org/publications/index_101071.html

What is competition?

The challenge is designed to recognize the best innovative and implementable solutions for promoting handwashing with soap in the South Asia Region. The solution should clearly indicate how to promote handwashing with soap by mothers and caregivers during critical times including:

  • Before preparing food
  • Before feeding babies and children
  • After defecation
  • After changing baby nappies

The main focus of the challenge is towards:

  • Innovative behavior change campaigns for handwashing with soap during critical times by mothers and caregivers
  • Appropriate technologies making handwashing with soap easier and fun for mothers
  • Innovative system for the measurement and monitoring handwashing at home, in school, and health centers




Three winners from 10 finalists who pitch their ideas in Bhutan, will receive a prize of 5000 USD each and UNICEF will expose their solution globally.

How to apply?

Applicants from South Asian countries can apply online before the deadline.

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For more information please visit the Wash Innovation challenge.


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