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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:08:12 +0000
Docoumentry Film "The Curse" on Menstrual Hygiene - by: SonikaHEEALS
" The Curse"

The 4-minute, 5-second documentary, on the theme Water Sanitation, Menstrual Hygiene and Girl Education, features the life of a young girl and her experiences at home with regard to sanitation and hygiene. Date of release of the documentary film “The Curse “on Menstrual Hygiene was June 30th, 2014.
The film trying to showcase and relate the issue of sanitation and Menstrual hygiene with Girl health & Education and if proper Sanitation facilities and hygiene measures are implemented and followed the girls can achieve their dreams and become successful in their career and can also play a major role in country development

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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:25:57 +0000
Re: The Ruby cup and MHM experiences from Kenya - by: mwaniki
Thanks for the material for publication in the oncoming edition of the Africa Water, Sanitation & Hygiene.Could I please use the pictures of the sales girls you posted in May and the pix of the product earlier on?

Kind regards / Mwaniki]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:49:10 +0000
Re: The Ruby cup and MHM experiences from Kenya - by: Maxie
I have attached our latest Report on Ruby Cup's work in Kenya, Kisumu.

Hope this helps to clarify? Otherwise, I am avaiable via email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We are still looking for implementing partners on the ground in Kenya, so should you know of any organisation that wishes to assist in the distribution process, please drop me an email.

All the best,
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:49:18 +0000
Re: The Ruby cup and MHM experiences from Kenya - by: mwaniki
I remember meeting you at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Nairobi, Kenya as we waited our turns to see the Chief Health Officer, Dr.Kepha Ombacho. I advanced the idea of publishing a short note of your project in the Africa Water, Sanitation & Hygiene but you said that the matter was in the teething stages.

That was two years ago and a lot of water has passed under the bridge to say the least.
Isn't it the high time we had that short write-up of your experiences on the hygiene aspect of the 'Ruby cup' for the benefit of thousands of our readers who are not members of this forum?

Kind regards / Mwaniki]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:17:39 +0000
Re: The Ruby cup and MHM experiences from Kenya - by: carlottadenis
I have been silently but attentively following and reading about the Ruby Cup experience since I registered in SuSanA forum. Congratuations for your success!

I recently read about MHM in developing countries in a French magazine (Causette) and they mentioned the Ruby Cup, drawing the attention on the problem of excision and how it prevents women from using the cup. I know the development of cup sales does not aim at reaching all women, however it is surely something to consider, since it excludes a significant proportion of women. Have you experienced such situations?

(I am sorry my question may be really naive, I am not at all an expert on these matters, and I guess excision is less common in Nairobi where most of the Ruby Cup sales take place).

Kind regards,

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:29:25 +0000
Re: Menstrual Hygiene Management in household water & sanitation programs - by: samantabb You have indeed raised an important aspect of hygiene promotion. Just to say that MHM is no more a taboo particularly with the younger generation and those who are attending educational institutions. Unfortunately in the School Sanitation and Hygiene Program MHM is being talked about only very recently. In fact the school going girls could be an important conduit for promoting MHM among other family members. This will call for coordination among the agencies handling water and sanitation, education, health and women's programs. Another source for promotion would be the women's groups formed in different countries for promoting income generating activities among women. In India these are called self-help groups. Providing sanitation pads at reasonable cost will be helpful. Recently I had an interaction with a fairly large group of rural married women and young girls and found that around 60% of them were using low cost (but hygienic) pads and the cost of the pad was an important factor. The rate of adoption is slowly but steadily increasing. BBSamanta, India]]> Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:32:25 +0000 Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in IDP camps in Uganda - article in Disaster Prevention and Management journal - by: AParker

Apologies that it's not open access. I'll look into the possibility of posting a pre-publication version online.

Article citation: Alison H. Parker, Jen A. Smith, Tania Verdemato, Jeanette Cooke, James Webster, Richard C. Carter, (2014) "Menstrual management: a neglected aspect of hygiene interventions", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 23 Iss: 4, pp.437 - 454


Purpose – Effective menstrual management is essential for the mental and physical well being of women. However, many women in low-income countries lack access to the materials and facilities required. They are thus restricted in their activities whilst menstruating thus compromising their education, income and domestic responsibilities. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach – This study describes the menstrual management challenges faced by women in an emergency situation in Uganda. Totally, 50 interviews and focus group discussions were conducted with women from villages, internally displaced person (IDP) camps and schools so that the menstrual management of the host population could be compared with the IDPs.

Findings – This study showed that in IDP camps there was a significant lack of materials including soap, underpants and absorbing cloth, and facilities like latrines and bathing shelters. As a consequence women in IDP camps suffer with poor health and diminished dignity. There is also a lack of education about menstruation and reproductive health and practices are strongly influenced by cultural taboos.

Originality/value – This is the first time that the menstrual management of women in IDP or refugee camps has been studied.
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:33:25 +0000
Youtube Playlist on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) - do we need sub-categories? - by: Katakana
I am Kanako Katayama from Japan, having worked on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) and WASH in Schools (WinS) in rural India for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded project and in Japan, with education and global health background. I had experiences of hard time with toilet-phobia during whole my school life and the strong interest got me to pursue and work on WinS and MHM.
This is my first proper post and, since SuSanA has been the place I’ve always come to hear voices on WASH news for the past 2.5 years, I would like to start with expressing my gratitude to all - Thank you so much!

Following conversations with Elisabeth, WASH United, and WSSCC on twitter, I am writing today to share my Youtube playlist on MHM. (This does not mean that I own the videos or endorse/promote each of them.)
It contains 50 videos on MHM topics that I have come across in recent years and collected together in this Playlist to make them easily accessible.

Also, as SuSanA Youtube account has got an MHM playlist as well (, I would like to suggest that we make new playlists grouped by sub-categories together! My suggestions of sub-category are “field report”, “from conference”, “talk (TED Talk etc.)”, “products/commercials”, “art”, “educational animation”, “MH Day”, “project (movie etc.)”
Your help of suggestions of 1) other videos, 2) sub-categories or general comments would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

~ Kanako]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:57:38 +0000
FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and Sanitation - by: mwaniki
Observing the stance of this forum on the subject of the relationship between FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and Sanitation has been nothing but lukewarm and low key in interest just short of anathema. The scorecard to me is just pathetic.

While other discussions of less importance have taken space and time, the other world was in a convention and has captured the resolutions to protect of the rights girl child to live with dignity in her future womanhood (without FGM) especially in the developing countries full well aware that the developed share the forefont of the practice mostly mystic.

I couldn’t be more admiring to Honorable David Cameron of Britain as he remarked tonight in his speech at the Girl Summit 2014 that the practices were ‘standing rebukes to our world’.

That was a very resourceful speech. Google “FGM summit: Cameron calls for end 'in this generation' for details.


Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:48:24 +0000
Re: Solid research on the ruby cup - by: muench (I refer to your post above from 16 July)

I just read your attachment ("Successful completion of a feasibility study on menstrual solutions for schoolgirls in rural western Kenya") and found that it is very well written. It’s great that you explained the methodology in so much detail and I look forward to seeing your final results and dissemination activities. When do you think it will all be ready for dissemination?

What was the role of the Moon Cup company ( by the way? Are they excited about this, too? Do they see it as a potential business opportunity or more as a social venture activity?

What are your plans regarding larger scale trials and who would fund those?


P.S. The above mentioned study also looked at pads. I liked these quotes, in particular the last one:
BOX 3 – Reported use and effect of products
‘So it is better if I do not go to school until the period stops.
But since they brought us mooncup ….. after bathing you
insert it you just go to school’ (girl)

‘I have noticed that she is very free and does not absent
herself from school like she used to before’ (parent)

‘Yes, I’m feeling good…when I put that mooncup inside I
can run, I can do anything’ (girl)

‘If she has pads she will now concentrate more and in case
she is a clever girl, she will be more clever now’ (parent)
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:46:08 +0000
Re: Menstrual Hygiene Management in household water & sanitation programs - by: osbert Osbert]]> Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:27:58 +0000 Re: Menstrual Hygiene Management in household water & sanitation programs - by: muench I think it would be a pity if the discourse on menstrual hygiene management was dominated only by "a hidden marketing of sanitary pad products". I guess that could be the case in some instances and that's not desirable - although there are practical reasons for that. (and couldn't one also say "handwashing campaigns are dominated by a hidden marketing of soap products?" What if Unilever is sponsoring handwashing compaigns? Problematic?).

Anyway, what I personally find most relevant in the MHM discussions in connection with WASH is not the spreading of fecal-orally transmitted diseases, that's true. But it's the issues around:
  • taboos (which affect women more than men)
  • empowerment of girls and women; puberty education; and therefore hopefully ultimately less gender-based violence
  • school attendance issues of teenage girls (where MHM plays at least a small part, I am not saying it is the major part)
  • diseases that might be spread by unsanitary pads - here I am not an expert but I would guess urinary tract infections could be one of them

See also this recent post by Madeleine Fogde which I think supports what I am saying:

I think if we can break taboos around menstruation (and reproductive health), then taboos around toilets and sanitation will be easier to break as well.

Also even if MHM was to a large extent "only" a solid waste issue (an issue which menstrual cups do not have compared to pads, as they produce no solid waste; one silicone menstrual cup lasts a women five years or more), then it would still be part of the S in WASH, i.e. solid waste management is part of sanitation.

I might concur with you that it may not be a "priority WASH topic" but it is quite an important WASH topic nonetheless.

Thanks for not being afraid to speak out and raise a "non popular" opinion in your view!
Debate is to be encouraged, it makes the forum an interesting place to be.

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:46:11 +0000
Re: Solid research on the ruby cup - by: Maxie
Thanks so much for your answer and research overview. I am looking forward to the overall and statistical results that will provide such valuable insights to all of us.

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:29:26 +0000
Re: Solid research on the ruby cup - by: Maxie
Thanks so much for your email. We will definitely monitor the results and our work of distributing Ruby Cups. We have done a minor study with the Red Cross and Womena in Uganda in 2012 but will engage in a bigger research study now with a third party concerning our larger distribution project connected to the crowd funding campaign.

All the best,
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:02:24 +0000