Sanitation and hygiene initiative through community institutions of the poor in Uttar Pradesh, India

2012 - 2015 • Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT), menstrual hygiene


To establish the efficacy of community institutions of the poor in program villages to adopt safe and healthy sanitation and menstrual behaviours and practices.


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This project was in the Building Demand for Sanitation (BDS) portfolio of the BMGF grants.

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Asia & Pacific Behaviour change Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Enabling environment and institutional strengthening Health and hygiene Local NGO Political processes and institutional aspects Practitioners Rural Rural areas Specific to one or several countries


Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana, Uttar Pradesh)
Rae Bareli

RGMVP ( is a women’s empowerment organization in Uttar Pradesh (UP), that primarily mobilises women from the poorest and most backward districts of UP into Women’s Self Help Groups and their federations. Through these social platforms, we run programmes around financial inclusion, livelihoods, health, education, sanitation, local governance and leadership development. RGMVP currently works with over 1 million rural women, spread across 42 districts of UP. RGMVP also mobilizes adolescent girls into Young Women’s Self Help Groups, that helps them save money for their education and other purposes, but more importantly, acts as a platform for them to discuss and share their aspirations, seek more information about health, menstrual hygiene, education, and undergo several skill-development and leadership training's.

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