Impact of inadequate access to WASH facilities on women and girls in India and Bangladesh – Research Briefing Notes

The SHARE Research Consortium and WSSCC formed a research partnership in 2013 to investigate the specific impact of inadequate access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities on women and girls in India and Bangladesh. These four briefing notes converge on the lack of safe and acceptable choices for women and girls. Links between unsafe sanitation and women and girls’ poor health in terms of stress and infections are raised and major evidence gaps are highlighted. The higher incidence of reproductive tract infections linked to poor menstrual hygiene management under socioeconomically deprived groups is striking.

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Authors: WSSCC/Share Research Consortium Publication Date: April 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine No. of Pages: 4

This study of how women’s psycho-social stress relates to inadequate sanitation highlights the range of women’s experiences.

Authors: WSSCC/Share Research Consortium Publication Date: April 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine No. of Pages: 4

The findings of this study demonstrate that the lack of sanitation has important implications for the mental, social, and reproductive health of women in rural India.

Authors: WSSCC/Share Research Consortium Publication Date: April 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine No. of Pages: 4

As demonstrated in the WASH & CLEAN study, visual assessment alone of cleanliness on maternity units is an inadequate basis on which to conclude safety in terms of potential pathogens.

Authors: WSSCC/Share Research Consortium Publication Date: April 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine No. of Pages: 4

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