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Bangladesh Learning Paper

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Dignity for All.

Improved sanitation for women and children with disabilities living in extreme poverty in Bangladesh.

Improving sanitation and hygiene practices.

Women and children with disabilities living in remote areas of the coastal area of Patuakhali and Bagerhat do not have sanitation facilities at home and, when they do, they are not appropriate to their specific needs; sanitation facilities in schools are also poor and unhygienic.

In 2017 we designed and delivered a project to address these issues. It aimed to enhance the health and wellbeing of highly marginalised women and children with disabilities through improved sanitation and hygiene practices.

What we learnt.

This learning paper has been created to share with you how we delivered this work and the lessons we learnt. It is based on a mixture of participatory appraisals, focus groups and interviews. Input was gathered from project participants with a range of disabilities including intellectual, visual, hearing and physical impairments. All participants had previously been treated as a burden by their families and held little decision making power.

We hope this learning paper can be of benefit to other development agencies, service providers and powerholders in informing your work, and defining a collective path forward so we can move closer to a society where dignity for all is a non-negotiable standard.