Amita Bhakta

Amita Bhakta

BA MRes PhD
Independent researcher in water, sanitation and hygiene

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Introduction
Amita Bhakta is a freelance and independent researcher in WASH. She specialises in equity and inclusion research with particular interests in gender issues such as menstrual health and hygiene and the perimenopause, and has also written about other aspects of inclusion relating to disability and incontinence. She is currently engaged in academic research relating to menstruation and WASH policy in India and on the exploring the rights of sanitation workers from an intersectional lens.

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Publications (15)
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Recognition of the human right to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and equity and inclusion concerns around gender, disability and age have led to crucial change in WASH programmes and policy, responding to commonly hidden issues such as menstrual hygiene, inclusive facilities for people with disabilities, and affordable services for informal...
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Meeting the needs of an ageing population, particularly in the global South, is increasingly an issue for WASH service provision. An ageing-related issue for women, warranting specific attention from the WASH sector, is the perimenopause, but this is often not discussed publicly. Drawing on data from the UK and Ghana, this paper provides recommenda...
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A compilation of case studies related to incontinence in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), including in humanitarian contexts
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PAPER 2827 An increasing proportion of the world's women will pass through the transition to menopause, or perimenopause, as the global population ages. Drawing on the experiences of perimenopausal women in Ghana, this paper highlights bathing as a hidden but important need which has been neglected by the WASH sector. Data gathered in two urban com...
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PAPER 3069 An increasingly ageing population brings a rise in the number of perimenopausal women, who commonly experience changes and irregularities in their menstruation, which they wish to conceal from view and keep 'secret'. The WASH sector has paid attention to the menstrual hygiene management (MHM) needs of adolescent girls, whilst the MHM nee...
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Institutional inclusivity and diversity have been an increasing focus of debate within the academy. For the discipline of geography and universities more broadly to become fully inclusive, greater attention is warranted within these debates on the intersection of race and disability. An existing lack of discussion on relations between race and disa...
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The provision of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services to ensure good health and wellbeing for all is incorporated into the Sustainable Development Goals, with the aim to 'leave no-one behind'. The WASH needs of perimenopausal (PM) women are largely absent from academic literature. These personal needs are hidden knowledge. However...
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This guidance document for supporting people with incontinence in humanitarian and low- and middle income contexts (LMICs), has been developed by an informal group of professionals interested in incontinence in humanitarian and development contexts. Members have recognised that people who experience incontinence face many challenges that can signif...
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There is continued failure to build homes for diverse and disabled occupancy. We use three eco-communities in England to explore how their eco-houses and wider community spaces accommodate the complex disability of hypotonic cerebral palsy. Using site visits, video footage, spatial mapping, field diary observations, surveys and interviews, this pap...
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Undergraduate fieldcourses to destinations in the global South have received much critical scholarly and pedagogic attention. This article reflects on a third-year Geography fieldcourse to Kenya, which aimed to collaborate with local partners in providing an immersive and co-constitutive learning environment that transcended the politics of knowled...

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