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).
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.
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.
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