Time constraints and pressure to deliver ‘hardware’ in humanitarian contexts often means that WASH actors make use of ‘standard’ emergency designs, or make assumptions about the needs of those affected.
By putting the emphasis on preferences, cultural norms, practices and beliefs that women and girls have around menstruation, blood and personal hygiene, the project will pilot the use of rapid assessment tools and design private, safe and inclusive WASH facilities for bathing, laundering and disposing of menstrual materials in humanitarian settings which can be adapted to other different contexts.
Currently, there is a lack of evidence-based tools and guidance for rapidly designing MHM and disability-friendly WASH facilities in humanitarian contexts. This project seeks to address this gap, by consulting in a participatory approach with women and girls, piloting new rapid engagement tools for designing inclusive and accessible WASH facilities in a participatory way, and by developing and piloting technical designs that can be adapted to other different contexts.
The minimum standard checklists that will be piloted are simple and easy-to-use, and can be used across the emergency phases. For example, they can be used by engineers and hygiene promotion specialist during assessment to guide the design of facilities based on input from women and girls and with disabilities (e.g. use of card board models to encourage women and girls to visualize the different solutions), for ongoing monitoring (e.g. are facilities being used (why/why not?), which adaptations are needed?).
There are three main expected outcomes:
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