Exploring the Use and Appeal of Playpens to Protect Infants from Exposure to Animals, Animal Feces, and Dirt in Rural Ethiopia


This paper summarizes a mixed methods study that tested the feasibility and appeal of using playpens to establish a hygienic “safe zone” for infants in rural Ethiopia. The study conducted home trials of three playpen designs, including two models made from locally available materials through user-centered design.

For more information, please find the full report on this study and the WASHPaLS literature review on hygienic environments for infants and young children.