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Disability inclusion and COVID-19: Guidance for WASH delivery

Posted Monday, June 08, 2020

Around 15% of the world’s population has a disability. People with disability are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and are more likely to be disproportionately affected by the health, economic and social impacts of the global health pandemic. Many people with disability face multiple barriers that prevent them from accessing basic hygiene that would help protect them from exposure to COVID-19.

This guidance note, Disability inclusion and COVID-19: Guidance for...

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Summary report on considering disability in COVID-19 hygiene programmes

Posted Friday, June 05, 2020

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's Jane Wilbur has developed this excellent technical brief: 'Summary report on considering disability in COVID-19 hygiene programmes'

Applying the principles of human rights (equality and non-discrimination, participation, transparency, accountability and sustainability) within COVID-19 responses can reduce inequalities. Community-level hygiene and COVID-19 prevention programmes are also an opportunity for WASH actors to practice disability-inclusive...

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Lost in Translation: the trans community and COVID-19

Posted Tuesday, June 02, 2020

“We are deemed unfit for the male ward and hazardous for the female one; access to healthcare is just one of the rights denied to us right at birth. COVID-19 may have closed doors for you, but for us, those doors were always bolted shut.” - Nadia

With the four walls closing in, some of us may feel trapped while most worry about the unpaid rent. As the food supplies dwindle and the paychecks become scant, some may be forced to ration each morsel, and others to rally...

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'I want to be the male champion for MHM for my school' - Happy Menstrual Hygiene Day!

Posted Thursday, May 28, 2020

Plan International and partner, Live & Learn Environmental Education is working with Solomon Islands Ministry of Education, school principals, teachers and students to improve knowledge about menstrual hygiene and is improving access to WASH facilities for girls and teachers to manage their menstruation hygienically and with dignity. 

In one particular school in West Guadalcanal, the story began on Global Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day), 28th May, 2019. Since...

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Creating space and giving voice: menstrual health hygiene and management in Cambodia

Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Cambodia is pro-actively engaging in menstrual health and hygiene management (MHH). The Ministry of Education approved the MHH/puberty book for all public schools and puberty books for boys on menstruation. The initial reasons for such investments  in education sector were related to retention and enrolment of girls in schools, with one study indicating approximately 41% girls miss class due to their periods. However, equally relevant now is the fact that more than 80%...

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