Staff

Jurgita Slekiene

Jurgita Slekiene

PhD Student, Cluster: EHPsy

Department Environmental Social Sciences

About Me

Fields of interest
•    Social and health psychology, Leadership
•    Behavior change
•    Influence of mental health on hygiene behaviors
•    WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene)
•    Public health interventions in developing countries

Current Projects
Development and evaluation of evidence-based behavior change interventions to foster sound WASH behaviors in Malawi

Description: This project aims at developing and testing evidence-based behavior change strategies to alter unhealthy hygiene and drinking water practices, as well as sustainable use of adequate sanitation in Malawi. The study includes three panel surveys with the same households and pupils, a baseline, midline and endline survey of 800 households and 400 pupils about WASH practices (sanitation and hygiene). Data from the baseline survey will reveal the significant behavioral determinants of WASH-related behaviors. The results will be used to design various promotion activities that will be implemented by the local partner, Red Cross Malawi (RCM). The most effective intervention will then be applied at scale. Data from the endline survey will reveal how effective and sustainable the promotion activities were. The results will be used for Red Cross tools and documents on behavior change approaches for preventing and controlling WASH related diseases.
Project objectives
1    Developing and conducting a baseline survey to inform behavior change interventions
2    Mid-term evaluation of behavior change interventions using a midline survey
3    Evaluation of the sustainability of behavior change interventions with an endline survey
4    Contribution to RC tools and documents on a behavior change protocol for preventing and controlling WASH related diseases
Psychological topics:
RANAS model (Mosler, 2012)
Country:
Malawi
Project partner:
Red Cross Belgium, Red Cross Malawi


Ebola prevention in Guinea-Bissau: Risks, Attitudes, Norms, Abilities, and Self-Regulation

Description: The objective of this study is to gain information about the current situation with regard to the population’s knowledge about Ebola, its transmission risks, prevention and intentions to take action to two Ebola prevention behaviors (not to touch sick people who might be suffering from Ebola anymore and report the suspected case to a treatment center). The relevant socio-psychological factors of behavior intentions related to the prevention of an Ebola outbreak and hand washing with soap in a representative sample of the populations in Guinea-Bissau (GNB) will be revealed by the study.
Psychological topics: RANAS model (Mosler, 2012)
Country: Guinea-Bissau
Project partner: UNICEF, INASA, NADEL

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Projects

The objective of this study is to gain information about the current situation with regard to the population’s knowledge about Ebola to take action towards the promotion of prevention behaviors.
The objective of this study is to find out the relevant socio-psychological factors of behavior intentions related to the prevention of an Ebola outbreak and hand washing with soap in vulnerable areas
This project aims at developing and testing evidence-based behavior change strategies to alter unhealthy hygiene and drinking water practices, as well as sustainable use of adequate sanitation in Malawi.

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Curriculum Vitae

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This person does no longer work at Eawag. Please contact info@eawag.ch for further information.

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