Dr. Pawankumar Gulabrao Patil, an alumnus of the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s School of Public Health (MPH, Community Health, 2014) now working in India, was recently recognized by The Better India for introducing a new hand-washing device to 16 remote villages in his native country.
After studying how few residents used soap or proper hand-washing techniques – significant factors in the country’s high rates of illness, disease, and infant mortality – Dr. Patil created a device based on a concept from New Zealand, adjusting and adapting his own design through various trial efforts.
He then developed techniques to build ownership within villages and spread the word first through local school children, activities, and celebrations fitting with cultural traditions.
More information on his effort can be found in this news article: With 35 Rupees, You Could Buy A Popcorn Or Recharge Your Mobile. He Chose To Save Lives.