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March 13, 2013


The SHARE Research Consortium and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) have joined together to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) with a total value of £400,000 for research on sanitation and women in India. Four priority research questions have been identified, further details are available in the revised RFP documents:

1. The conditions and effects of WASH in health facilities, particularly around childbirth

2. Operational research into menstrual hygiene management
•   Psycho-social stress linked to ignorance, taboos, shame and silence around menstruation
•   The link between menstrual hygiene and infections and/or other health related impacts
•   Operational research on the design and unit costs for safe reuse and disposal options

3. Psycho-social stress resulting from violence experienced by women in the course of using sanitation facilities or practicing open defecation.

4. The practice of limiting, postponing or reducing food and liquid intake to control the urge to urinate or defecate: the prevalence of this behaviour and related health risks.

Proposals must be led or co-led by an Indian research institution. SHARE and WSSCC envisage making three or four grants of which at least £200,000 is earmarked for questions 1 and 2 above. However, depending on the quality and size of the proposals received, SHARE and WSSCC may make a single grant only or, alternatively, more grants of lesser value.

The deadline for submission of proposal is 17:00 GMT on 29th March 2013For full details please refer to the RFP document.  Results will be announced by the end of April.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. anil permalink
    March 13, 2013 1:21 pm

    Wow!! Yet another study to record the population of toilets in india. It is truly a stupid exercise.

    Haha. 50 million missing? What kind of propaganda is this? You are not going to be taken seriously with sentences like that.

    • March 15, 2013 11:34 am

      No Einstein — ’50 million missing’ is a reference to the number of women that have been systematically targeted and annihilated from India over the last 3 generations. Don’t you read the newspaper and keep a tab on India’s census data? Well, here let us help you: Read this link and this link and educate yourself! Furthermore you are a man — so you will definitely not understand why 300 million women in India who don’t have toilets in their homes, often don’t eat or drink at night, so they don’t have to go out alone into the fields at night for fear of getting raped!! But — just think about it anyway! This project is about building toilets so millions of women can use them in the safety of their own homes. Get it?

  2. March 20, 2013 10:17 pm

    I think this is a great initiative and hope there are teams / organisations who take advantage of this grant and push for better sanitation in India. Born and brought up here – but I’d rather go home than use public sanitation. On another note – menstruation – we need to talk about it more. Don’t get why guys go all aaaaaarrgghhh when you bring it up. It’s part of our life. Get over it.

  3. March 24, 2013 6:38 am

    It is about time Anil gets smacked like this for making stupid, utterly selfish comments like this! The situation is far more serious about Indian women than he will ever realise.

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