A systematic scoping review of hygiene behaviors and environmental health conditions in institutional care settings for orphaned and abandoned children

Highlights

  • Poor environmental health conditions adversely affect orphan health.
  • This review describes hygiene behaviors and environmental conditions in orphanages.
  • Inadequate water and sanitation and overcrowding are common in orphanages.
  • There are few studies on improving health behaviors and conditions in orphanages.
  • Insufficient funding and caregiver expertise on hygiene and health impede improvement.

A systematic scoping review of hygiene behaviors and environmental health conditions in institutional care settings for orphaned and abandoned children. Moffa, M., Cronk, R., Fejfar, D., Dancausse, S., Acosta Padilla, L., Bartram, J. 2019. Science of the Total Environment, 658:1161-1174. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.286.