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Jane Wilbur

MSc BSc

Research Fellow
Disability, water, sanitation and hygiene

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I am a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) at the LSHTM, focusing on disability and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

I have worked in East and Southern Africa, South Asia and the Pacific Islands and have extensive experience of designing and implementing inclusive WASH programmes, research and evaluations, as well as disseminating research to influence policy and practice. 

I'm currently undertaking my PhD at the LSHTM. My study aims to investigate and address the barriers to menstrual hygiene that adolescents and young people with a disability face in Nepal. The study involved applying a variety of participatory approaches and methods and developing, piloting, and evaluating the Bishesta campaign: an menstrual hygiene behaviour change intervention for people with intellectual impairments and their caregivers in Nepal.

I am currently the Principal Investigator on two studies. With World Vision, I am piloting the Bishesta campaign for the humanitarian setting in Vanuatu and a refugee camp setting (to be confirmed). This project is financed by Elrha's Humanitarian Innovation Fund. With WaterAid in Bangladesh and Cambodia, I'm leading a study which supports the improvement of disability-inclusive and gender equitable WASH policy making. The Australia Government's Water for Women's Fund is financing this work.

Before working at the LSHTM, I was the Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor at WaterAid, where I focused on disability, gender, chronic illness, ageing and WASH, as well as mainstreaming equity and inclusion across the organisation. I have also worked for disability organisations in the UK and hold a Masters degree in Development Management.

 

 

Affiliations

Department of Clinical Research
Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Centres

Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

I teach on the LSHTM MSc Study Unit on 'Global Disability and Health', 'Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health', and 'Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries'. I also teach on Loughborough University's Water Management for Development MSc programme, and Columbia University's Global Menstruation MOOC.

Research

I am a qualitative researcher currently working on the following projects:

  • Translating disability inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene policies into practice: lessons learned from Cambodia and Bangladesh. This research is in partnership with WaterAid, and is funded by the Australia Government's Water for Women's Fund
  • Exploring the menstrual experiences of people with intellectual impairments and their carers, and developing a menstrual hygiene management intervention for this group in the humanitarian context in Vanuatu and a refugee camp (setting to be confirmed). This is in partnership with World Vision, with funding from the Elra's Humanitarian Innovation Fund  
  • Evaluating the Hygiene Behaviour Change Coalition for COVID-19 prevention to explore the extent to which project partners have included disability and ageing in their hygiene promotion programmes. This is with PENDA (Programme for Evidence to Inform Disability Action), with funding from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office
 
Research Area
Ageing
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Hygiene
Public health
Sanitation
Systematic reviews
Water
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Capacity strengthening
Environmental Health
Evaluation
Gender
Inequalities
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Discipline
Operational research
Policy analysis
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Disability
Country
Bangladesh
Ethiopia
Kenya
Madagascar
Nepal
Rwanda
Tanzania
Uganda
Vanuatu
Zambia
Region
Least developed countries: UN classification
Pacific island small states
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Developing Behaviour Change Interventions for Improving Access to Health and Hygiene for People with Disabilities: Two Case Studies from Nepal and Malawi.
Wilbur J; Bright T; Mahon T; Hameed S; Torondel B; Mulwafu W; Kuper H; Polack S
2018
International journal of environmental research and public health
Breaking the barriers – disability, ageing and HIV in inclusive WASH programming
Wilbur J; Gosling L; Jones H
2018
Equality in Water and Sanitation Services
Intra-household access to WASH in Uganda and Zambia: do variations exist?
Danquah L; Wilbur J
2016
https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/31313
Undoing inequity: Inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene programmes that deliver for all in Uganda and Zambia
Wilbur J; Jones H; Gosling L; Groce N; Challenger E
2013
36th WEDC International Conference: Delivering Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services in an Uncertain Environment
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