Disability, water, sanitation and hygiene
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). Prior to this I worked as 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 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 working on a Staff PhD on my research to understand and address the barriers to menstrual hygiene management for adolescents and young people with a disability in Nepal.
I teach on the following MSc modules
- Global Disability and Health
- Designing Disease Control Programmes
- Tropical and Environmental Health
I am a qualitative researcher currently working on the following projects:
- Disabling Menstrual Barriers, which aims to investigate and address the barriers to menstrual hygiene management that people with disabilities, and their carers, face in the Kavre district in Nepal. This includes the development and delivery of a menstrual hygiene behaviour change intervention for people with intellectual impairments and their carers
- Water, sanitation, hygiene and disability study in Vanutatu to quantify the prevalence and demographics of disability, and understand access to and experience of WASH, menstrual hygiene and continence management amongst persons with and without disabilities