The Challenges of Maintaining Hygiene in Rural Bihar
Given widespread insecurities in water, latrine, and bathroom access a study was conducted to understand how these insecurities effect personal hygiene practices of poor women and girls in rural areas of Bihar. The study was carried out in 3 rural districts of Bihar (Bhagalpur, Munger, Katihar) to understand women’s daily and menstrual hygiene practices. 100 women and girls were surveyed and 6 focus group discussions (FGD) conducted. It focuses on hygiene practices of women not simply in their roles as mothers and caretakers of the sick and elderly but as individuals whose personal health, safety and dignity are also deeply impacted by WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) insecurities.