SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:32:40 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://forum.susana.org/ en-gb Re: Sanitary Pad burner/incinierator design - by: eva http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/821-sanitary-pad-burnerincinierator-design?limit=12&start=12#18497 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/821-sanitary-pad-burnerincinierator-design?limit=12&start=12#18497
Am excited mhm stakeholders are starting to look at MHM wholistically, Am Eva from Kenya, www.gsaep.org I Having been dealing with sanitary waste disposal training,advisory and programs in Kenya for the last 8 years, mainly in institutions with over 800 hundred girls, there's need to offer environmental based solutions on matters of disposal, we have constructed over 38 two chamber demont Incinerator that attain over 800 degrees recommended minimum heat for incineration Globally the environment conservation is a key issue,has we offer solutions on disposal let us be keen to ensure that environmental policies and regulations are observed.]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:06:48 +0000
Re: Sanitary Pad burner/incinierator design - by: SusannahClemence http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/821-sanitary-pad-burnerincinierator-design?limit=12&start=12#18496 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/821-sanitary-pad-burnerincinierator-design?limit=12&start=12#18496 Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:00:00 +0000 Re: Sanitary Pad burner/incinierator design - by: Esther http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/821-sanitary-pad-burnerincinierator-design?limit=12&start=12#18490 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/821-sanitary-pad-burnerincinierator-design?limit=12&start=12#18490
There is meeting on right now about designing reusable sanitary pads.

It consists of representatives from 3 partner organisations involved in MHM projects here in Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea.

Cheers
Esther]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:37:34 +0000
Re: Key documents for the sub-category on menstrual hygiene management - by: Esther http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/12235-key-documents-for-the-sub-category-on-menstrual-hygiene-management#18489 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/12235-key-documents-for-the-sub-category-on-menstrual-hygiene-management#18489
Read the shared articles and I appreciate the information.

I am managing School Hygiene Promotion and MHM project in 15 schools here in Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea.

Thank you for the information.

Cheers
Esther]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:28:24 +0000
Re: Managing menstruation in the workplace: an overlooked issue in low- and middle-income countries - by: WASHanna http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18318-managing-menstruation-in-the-workplace-an-overlooked-issue-in-low-and-middle-income-countries#18434 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18318-managing-menstruation-in-the-workplace-an-overlooked-issue-in-low-and-middle-income-countries#18434
Thank you for sharing this article. I think this is an area where we need a much greater focus. I wonder if the issue of MHM in the workplace could be addressed in MH Day next year?

Best,

Hanna]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:47:54 +0000
Re: The 5th Annual Virtual Conference on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in WASH in Schools on October 25th, 2016 - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18399-the-5th-annual-virtual-conference-on-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-wash-in-schools-on-october-25th-2016#18417 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18399-the-5th-annual-virtual-conference-on-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-wash-in-schools-on-october-25th-2016#18417
many of them have dropped out of school due to menstrual hygiene related cases.


But then I read in this blog post that this is a "myth", see here:

forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-men...-india-mythri-speaks

I copy here the first part of that blog post but please see there to read the full piece:

Assumption #4. Girls in developing countries are dropping out of school due to lack of menstrual products and toilets

Having functional toilets in schools is an absolute must, not just for girls. But, unnecessarily connecting it to menstrual hygiene seems more agenda driven than real. Let’s look at what existing studies reveal.

A comparison of data owing to school absenteeism during menstruation in developing nations shows that the percentage of girls who remain absent during menstruation is around 12.1% in China [21], 15.6% to 24.2% in Nigeria [19, 20], 24% in India [17] and 31% in Brazil [22].

If the current hypothesis – that school absenteeism is due to lack of toilets or Sanitary Napkins – is true, then surely developed countries must have little or no absenteeism. However, data indicates that it is no different in developed countries.

Studies indicate that 17% teenagers in Canada [23], 21% in Washington D.C [24], 24% in Singapore [25], 26% in Australia [26] and 38% in Texas [27] miss school owing to menstruation.


What do people who have studied this aspect in depth say about this? Is it right or is it wrong? Is it exaggerated perhaps in order to get more funding for MHM for WASH in schools?

Elisabeth]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:52:13 +0000
Re: The 5th Annual Virtual Conference on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in WASH in Schools on October 25th, 2016 - by: emmanuelkas2004 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18399-the-5th-annual-virtual-conference-on-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-wash-in-schools-on-october-25th-2016#18412 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18399-the-5th-annual-virtual-conference-on-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-wash-in-schools-on-october-25th-2016#18412 I hope this annual 5th conference will figure out most of the problems our girls experience in schools because many of them have dropped out of school due to menstrual hygiene related cases.]]> Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:48:21 +0000 The 5th Annual Virtual Conference on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in WASH in Schools on October 25th, 2016 - by: danikacomey http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18399-the-5th-annual-virtual-conference-on-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-wash-in-schools-on-october-25th-2016#18399 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18399-the-5th-annual-virtual-conference-on-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-in-wash-in-schools-on-october-25th-2016#18399 Capturing Girls’ Voices: Channeling Girls’ Recommendations into Global and National Level Action

We are now accepting submissions for the 5th virtual MHM in WASH in Schools conference.
Abstracts are due by August 1st, 2016 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
This year’s conference will showcase initiatives that are translating girls’ expressed needs into actionable programming or strategic shifts in education WASH programs and policies.
Please see the attached Call for Abstracts for details on requested content.

A link to register for the conference will be circulated soon!

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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:38:32 +0000
Re: Managing menstruation in the workplace: an overlooked issue in low- and middle-income countries - by: donaldkasongi http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18318-managing-menstruation-in-the-workplace-an-overlooked-issue-in-low-and-middle-income-countries#18326 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18318-managing-menstruation-in-the-workplace-an-overlooked-issue-in-low-and-middle-income-countries#18326 Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:06:54 +0000 Re: Managing menstruation in the workplace: an overlooked issue in low- and middle-income countries - by: emmanuelkas2004 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18318-managing-menstruation-in-the-workplace-an-overlooked-issue-in-low-and-middle-income-countries#18325 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18318-managing-menstruation-in-the-workplace-an-overlooked-issue-in-low-and-middle-income-countries#18325 Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:31:32 +0000 Managing menstruation in the workplace: an overlooked issue in low- and middle-income countries - by: MSommer http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18318-managing-menstruation-in-the-workplace-an-overlooked-issue-in-low-and-middle-income-countries#18318 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18318-managing-menstruation-in-the-workplace-an-overlooked-issue-in-low-and-middle-income-countries#18318
We are happy to post the below linked article related to managing menstruation in the workplace in low-income countries. We feel that this is a significantly overlooked issue, and hope to see increased attention to better understanding the needs of adolescent girls and women working in informal and formal workplace environments in low-income contexts during their monthly menstruation, and also with regard to their related water and sanitation needs for urination and defecation.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4895811/

Managing menstruation in the workplace: an overlooked issue in low- and middle-income countries

Marni Sommer, Sahani Chandraratna, Sue Cavill, Therese Mahon, and Penelope Phillips-Howard

Abstract

The potential menstrual hygiene management barriers faced by adolescent girls and women in workplace environments in low- and middle-income countries has been under addressed in research, programming and policy. Despite global efforts to reduce poverty among women in such contexts, there has been insufficient attention to the water and sanitation related barriers, specifically in relation to managing monthly menstruation, that may hinder girls’ and women’s contributions to the workplace, and their health and wellbeing. There is an urgent need to document the specific social and environmental barriers they may be facing in relation to menstrual management, to conduct a costing of the implications of inadequate supportive workplace environments for menstrual hygiene management, and to understand the implications for girls’ and women’s health and wellbeing. This will provide essential evidence for guiding national policy makers, the private sector, donors and activists focused on advancing girls’ and women’s rights.


Thanks so much,

Marni
(corresponding author for this paper)]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:16:59 +0000
Re: learning from "developing" cultures - Menstruation: Rhetoric, Research, Reality (blog from India, Mythri Speaks) - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18272-learning-from-qdevelopingq-cultures-menstruation-rhetoric-research-reality-blog-from-india-mythri-speaks#18284 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18272-learning-from-qdevelopingq-cultures-menstruation-rhetoric-research-reality-blog-from-india-mythri-speaks#18284
It's an interesting blog post that you linked to although I am not quite sure how you reached the conclusion
a challenge to development workers to honestly critique the conceit that 'West is best'
?
Please explain?

The blog post discusses three assumtions (actually four but the numbering is wrong in the blog post):

Assumption #1. Developing countries have greater prevalence of menstrual disorders

--> not sure where this assumption comes from; I had never heard about it.


Assumption #2. Use of Sanitary Napkins is only 12% in India

--> I was also not aware of this assumption. What is the remaining 88% of women meant to use? Nothing? I would find it more interesting to know about tampon use as well as menstrual cup use (globally)


Assumption #2. Poor Menstrual Hygiene Management leads to Reproductive Tract Infection (RTI)

--> this one seems to make sense intuitively, so if that's not true, that's interesting. There was a presentation by WSSCC about this one at the last WEDC conference:

forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-men...ference-in-july-2015

Social and psychological impact of
limited access to sanitation: MHM
and reproductive tract infections

Mishra, V. K.


Assumption #3. Girls in developing countries are dropping out of school due to lack of menstrual products and toilets

---> this is often quoted; interesting if it's not true. The article says that also girls in developed countries miss school days during their periods, mainly due to period pain. When I think back to my own school days, myself and my female classmates missed hardly any days of school during our periods. It was only the PE lessons (physical education, i.e. sport) that some of my female classmates missed. - but perhaps the girls nowadays suffer more from period pain than we did? (if obesity is indeed one important factor here then this could explain it)

The blog post stated:

Studies indicate that 17% teenagers in Canada [23], 21% in Washington D.C [24], 24% in Singapore [25], 26% in Australia [26] and 38% in Texas [27] miss school owing to menstruation.

More interesting is that the reasons for missing school have nothing to do with Sanitary Pads or Toilets; in most cases, it has to do with Dysmenorrhea (pain during menses). A study of girls having Dysmennorhea in the U.S showed that 46% miss school due to period pain. [82]


Regards,
Elisabeth

P.S. This blog post reminds me of a similar discussion we had on the forum here:
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-men...situation-in-england]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Fri, 17 Jun 2016 04:42:16 +0000
Learning from "developing" cultures - Menstruation: Rhetoric, Research, Reality (blog from India, Mythri Speaks) - by: SusannahClemence http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18272-learning-from-qdevelopingq-cultures-menstruation-rhetoric-research-reality-blog-from-india-mythri-speaks#18272 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18272-learning-from-qdevelopingq-cultures-menstruation-rhetoric-research-reality-blog-from-india-mythri-speaks#18272 mythrispeaks.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/me...ic-research-reality/ a challenge to development workers to honestly critique the conceit that 'West is best'.]]> Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:46:58 +0000 Re: Menstrual Health Landscapes: Kenya, Ethiopia, and India - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18136-menstrual-health-landscapes-kenya-ethiopia-and-india#18141 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18136-menstrual-health-landscapes-kenya-ethiopia-and-india#18141
Thanks for posting these three documents. Could you please let us know who FSG is? Their website? Previous work on this topic? How were they chosen by the Gates Foundation to compile these reports? Your role in these reports - are you one of the authors?

Who exactly is your target audience of these reports, and is it part of another larger grant by the Gates Foundation?

Hope you don't mind me asking all these questions.

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 31 May 2016 13:29:31 +0000
Re: Menstrual Health Landscapes: Kenya, Ethiopia, and India - by: karthik http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18136-menstrual-health-landscapes-kenya-ethiopia-and-india#18140 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18136-menstrual-health-landscapes-kenya-ethiopia-and-india#18140
good day, thank you very much for this information; we are also into this Sanitation field as well recently developed Safepad a reusable Sanitary pad with Anti Microbial bonding and Super Structure toilets.
So i would like to know how to get in touch with the NGOs who is working in this field, so we can work together and through innovation we can get good sanitation facility to the people in need in these countries.
Hope you can help us..

Regards,
Karthik
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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 31 May 2016 05:14:17 +0000