Adapting Menstrual Health Interventions for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Emergencies

Frontiers of Sanitation 22
July 2023

Menstrual health is a public health issue, yet many women and girls in low- and middle-income countries still need to achieve it. People with disabilities are particularly disadvantaged and often excluded from interventions to improve menstrual health in development and humanitarian contexts.

To start addressing this gap, the Bishesta campaign – a menstrual health intervention for people with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers was designed and delivered in Nepal’s development setting. The campaign was adapted for Vanuatu’s humanitarian emergencies and is called the Veivanua campaign.

This Frontiers of Sanitation issue presents the study findings and explains the steps followed throughout these two processes. It includes recommendations to support others to adapt the campaigns for different settings.

Additional details

PublisherInstitute of Development Studies
CountryNepal, Vanuatu
ThemesChallenging contexts, Disability, Fragile contexts, Gender, Hygiene, Leave no one behind, Menstrual health and hygiene

Wilbur, J. and Morrison, C. (2023) ‘Adapting menstrual health interventions for people with intellectual disabilities in emergencies’ Frontiers of Sanitation: Innovations and Insights 22, The Sanitation Learning Hub, Brighton: IDS DOI:10.19088/SLH.2023.012


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