A communal hand washing station set up in Kibera. Photo courtesy of the Garden of Hope Foundation.
The Aga Khan University’s East Africa Institute (EAI) has signed a partnership agreement with the Garden of Hope Foundation (GoHF). This collaboration will see the two organisations engage in projects of mutual interest concerning development, particularly as it affects under-resourced residents of informal settlements.
One of the research areas will be Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in informal settlements with a focus on water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives in Kibera. The two will generate evidence to inform implementation of the Menstrual Hygiene Management policy both at county level and national levels.
Nairobi’s urban informal settlements lack basic information and resources to support female reproductive health. In particular, women and girls are posed with financial, knowledge and socio-cultural constraints to adequately practice safe and sanitary menstrual hygiene management. This ultimately puts the female demographic at risk of health complications and threatens their quality of life.
This partnership will support joint research activities with various MHM stakeholders to facilitate focus group discussions, surveys, stakeholder mapping and policy review and analysis. GoHF’s female beneficiaries are key stakeholders whom EAI will collaborate with to identify gaps within MHM aid-delivery and resource mobilisation in informal settlements.
From WASH and gender equality to urban farming and climate resilience, EAI and GoHF partner in an effort to develop original, context-specific solutions within sectors that affect quality of life for marginalized and under-resourced Kenyan demographics. EAI strives to identify, design and test strategies within primary and secondary research, community education, policy-making and resource allocation.