Factors associated with the practice of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) among the rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Kamrul Hsan, Shabnam Naher, Mark D. Griffiths, Hakimul Hasan Shamol, Mohammad Azizur Rahman

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The Rohingya people are now living in overcrowded refugee camps and makeshift settlements with low standards of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). This study was conducted to examine WASH practices and associated risk factors among the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The present study comprised 350 participants with data collected via a semi-structured questionnaire. Most respondents (84%) did not have good knowledge concerning WASH. Furthermore, 50.3% had unsafe WASH practices, 38.6% had fair WASH practices, and 11.1% had safe WASH practices. WASH practices were significantly associated with age, education, marital status, and WASH knowledge. The implementation of an effective WASH awareness program is required along with improved water supply and sanitation to improve WASH practices among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)794-800
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019



  • Rohingya refugees
  • Wash
  • Wash knowledge
  • Wash practices
  • Water sanitation and hygiene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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