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 and am the Principal Investigator on two studies.
I teach on the following MSc modules
- Global Disability and Health
- Designing Disease Control Programmes
- WASH and Health
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 DFAT
- 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 Lebanon. This is in partnership with World Vision, with funding from the Elra's Humanitarian Innovation Fund
- 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. The study a collaboration with World Vision Vanuatu, with funding from DFAT
- 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. This is a collaborative study with WaterAid, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation