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      Unveiling hidden knowledge: discovering the hygiene needs of perimenopausal women

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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, this article demonstrates the use of participative methodologies to ‘unveil’ these. A UK-based phenomenological review set the research agenda using PM women’s narratives; this was later developed in urban Ghana using oral history interviews, participatory mapping and PhotoVoice. Allowing for some adaption of these tools to account for local taboos in the global South, issues were revealed that are invisible to many but still warrant attention. Moving beyond theoretical discourse, practical approaches identified infrastructural issues and ensured the inclusion of PM experience. Unveiling hidden knowledge in this way has wider implications for other issues in development agendas.

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            Sampling hard to reach populations.

            Studies on 'hidden populations', such as homeless people, prostitutes and drug addicts, raise a number of specific methodological questions usually absent from research involving known populations and less sensitive subjects. This paper examines the advantages and limitations of nonrandom methods of data collection such as snowball sampling. It reviews the currently available literature on sampling hard to reach populations and highlights the dearth of material currently available on this subject. The paper also assesses the potential for using these methods in nursing research. The sampling methodology used by Faugier (1996) in her study of prostitutes, HIV and drugs is used as a current example within this context.
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              Finding the Hidden Participant: Solutions for Recruiting Hidden, Hard-to-Reach, and Vulnerable Populations

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                Journal
                idpr
                International Development Planning Review
                Liverpool University Press
                1474-6743
                1478-3401
                April 2019
                : 41
                : 2
                : 149-171
                Affiliations
                [ 1 ] Amita Bhakta is a PhD student, Julie Fisher is a Lecturer and Brian Reed is a Lecturer, all at the Water Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK, LE11 3TU; Corresponding author Amita Bhakta , e-mail: A.N.Bhakta@ 123456lboro.ac.uk
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                10.3828/idpr.2018.34
                cbf5851d-315d-4adb-a19b-0ade4bf89dba
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                Urban development,Urban design & Planning,Environmental management, Policy & Planning,Geography,Urban, Rural & Regional economics
                WASH,menopause,sanitation,hidden knowledge,hygiene,menstruation

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