SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Mon, 08 Feb 2016 03:59:30 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: Menstrual hygiene - customs from Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria - by: SusannahClemence I would like to learn more, for instance:
  • When women squat over holes, is this for days, for hours or for minutes at a time, like defecating?
  • What specific supernatural powers are menstruating or non-menstruating women believed to have?
  • What do they believe is the benefit of not bathing?

Thanks again!
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:20:27 +0000
Menstrual hygiene - customs from Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria - by: aisha
  • Women do make holes and squat from time to time for the menstrual flow to drip inside.
  • A menstruarating woman donot cook food for her husband and elder men in the family because their super natural powers would be weak.
  • A menstruating women would not plaite her hair and bath till after she has finished her period.
  • Most women in the villages also will never dried rags used for menses outside in the sun because their mother in laws will see it or their mate will know she is menstruating and could be possibly charm, etc...

I did englighten them, gave them sanitary pad to use and encouraged them to think positively rather than associating charms or supernatural power issues to menses. Also told them to be hygienic during menstruation than staying without bathing.]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sun, 27 Dec 2015 08:45:17 +0000
Reply: Training of school girls and boys on how to make Re-usable sanitary pad (Uganda) - by: richardkizito297
Hope to hear from you soon

Kizito Richard.

Attached are some photos of my work:]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Mon, 07 Dec 2015 16:33:08 +0000
Re: Training of school girls and boys on how to make Re-usable sanitary pad (Uganda) - by: Beverly Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sat, 05 Dec 2015 06:06:06 +0000 Announcement of MHM Dgroup discussion: “Breaking the Silence, what’s next?" (Nov/Dec 2015) - by: Antoinette
I am pleased to inform you that the Dgroup on Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools (MHM), will be organizing an email discussion on MHM called: “Breaking the Silence, what’s next?”

As you know, there has been a storm of activity and developments around the topic of MHM over the past 2-3 years. Many organizations in the sector have worked very hard to generate evidence, put the topic on the agenda of schools, local governments, national governments, development organizations etc. A lot of research has been done to generate detailed evidence about menstrual hygiene practices, barriers, the effects on girls’ well-being, education and reproductive health. It is encouraging that so much recognition of the importance of this topic has been achieved in so many countries across the world. We need this type of good news!

Of course there is still a lot to be done, in communities, schools and different countries. However, we also feel that it is timely to reflect on different approaches, lessons learned and long term sustainability of MHM efforts.

We will discuss the following three blocks:
  • Week 1 25th November to 1st December MHM at Scale: What does it mean to take MHM to scale?
  • Week 2 2nd – 8th December Sustainability of MHM: How can we ensure long-term sustainable access for girls in terms of facilities, menstrual materials and information?
  • Week 3 9th December – 15th December 2015 Scope of MHM: Should MHM programmes seek to contribute to equal opportunities for girls after they leave school?

This is an invitation for those interested in the MHM topic to join the discussion on


Antoinette Kome
Global Sector Coordinator WASH

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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:02:34 +0000
Re: Various presentations about menstrual hygiene management at WEDC conference in July 2015 - by: ShahrukhMirza
Really interesting comments, and fascinating to learn how similar problems exist in Western Europe, but less visibly so. The importance of public sanitation cannot be overstated - in Bangladesh, the public sanitation crisis is severe and most women and girls have literally no options if they need to use the toilet while out of the home. We've been doing some interesting advocacy work, influencing Dhaka city's mayors to take up MHM-inclusive and accessible public toilets as a cause, and this is gaining momentum, but there's a long way to go. I'm now thinking how we can use the concept of SRPS to conduct research that can strengthen our advocacy, in the same way that the National Hygiene Baseline Survey was critical to convincing education authorities on the importance of good school sanitation.]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:54:08 +0000
Free webinar on Menstrual Hygiene Management within CLTS - Thursday 26th November 2015, 10-11.30am (GMT) - by: Petra . Drawing on current thinking and experience, .the webinar will explore how Community-Led Total Sanitation programmes can be expanded to address MHM in schools and communities to alleviate additional stresses placed on women and girls.

Sign up for the free webinar here]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:27:09 +0000
Re: Various presentations about menstrual hygiene management at WEDC conference in July 2015 - by: SusannahClemence The conceptualisation of Sanitation-Related Psycho-social Stress (SRPS) is neat - and well-overdue!
I relate all these excellent studies and initiatives back to my experience here in Western Europe, where we have so much to learn. SRPS is not studied here, as far as I know, although it's a real problem, comparable perhaps not to the same degree, although for the same reasons to those reported in South Asia and with similar outcomes.
For example: there used to be many public toilets in my town. It was unheard-of for anyone to urinate or defecate publicly, unless drunk and under cover of darkness, in which case they risked being arrested. In the past year, the seven installations have been reduced to one, and people have to walk a long way to it, often finding it closed. The result is that men over 60 and others who cannot hold urine or faeces for long simply avoid going into town, opting to drive to supermarkets instead, where toilets are provided for customers. The town has become somewhat desolate (there are other factors).
Again, in my job teaching children who find it difficult to attend school due to anxiety or ill-health, of those (boys) whom I have asked, all report that they would hold onto urine and faeces all day long rather than use school toilets. One had to go home to use the toilet during our lesson; he said 'none of the school toilets have locks on the doors'.
As for MHM, water for washing out cups, pads or sponges or for rinsing the genitals within the cubicle of a public toilet is almost unheard-of. Re-usable pads are in circulation but never seen drying in the sun. Disposable pads and tampons are put 'out of sight and out of mind', ie into incinerators, down flush toilets or onto landfill - never composted. Westerners will recognise the eye-covering gesture of the man in the Masika documentary ( 0:58) confronted by a menstrual item.
In the urban West, open-air defecation, urination or menstrual changing is not an option to those seeking a clean, private place. We need to take public sanitary provision just as seriously here as in India or Kenya rather than assume that because the problem is, as yet, invisible, it doesn't exist.
So all of these initiatives, in education, in infrastructure, in open discussion and acceptance of real people's needs and practices, are valuable for us in the West too.]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 15 Oct 2015 20:22:03 +0000
Re: MHM for biogas systems in schools - by: RachelTTextiles
Would be happy to discuss greater details with any interested parties.

Rachel Starkey
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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:09:34 +0000
Re: Various presentations about menstrual hygiene management at WEDC conference in July 2015 - by: ShahrukhMirza
Just attaching my presentation here, in case anyone prefers a quick summary of the paper on 'Mainstreaming MHM - Lessons from a decade of programme and policy work'. I am also linking to a copy of the Bangladesh National Hygiene Baseline Survey, which is the first ever nationally representative survey of hygiene behavior in Bangladesh conducted by ICDDR,B with support from WaterAid. The survey had a component on menstrual hygiene management which I referenced in the presentation, and gives some really interesting insights into MHM practices and perceived impact on school attendance -

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:36:13 +0000
Re: Presentations about MHM at WEDC conference in July 2015 - by: muench
I have now received the presentation by Vinod Mishra also as a pdf file. I am attaching it below.
And here's the slide that caught my attention as it summarises a whole range of issues so well:

If you have questions about this presentation, please put them here and I will forward them to Vinod.

His e-mail said:


Sorry for delay in reply, Please find attached my presentation during WEDC on MHM.

Best Regards,


Vinod K. Mishra
Country India National Coordinator
at Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council ( WSSCC), Geneva
(An international organization within United Nations system works to achieve sustainable sanitation, hygiene and water supply for all people)
Coordinator, Key Resource Centre, Water & Sanitation, Centre for Good Governance, UAoA]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:54:09 +0000
Re: Menstruation management and Santiation systems - by: madeleine I am happy that you liked the article in the guardian.
Yes it is really annoying that you many time cannot find washing facilities inside public toilets . Happens quite often in Sweden as well.
While trying to find the report here is a recent interesting article on this topic]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:31:30 +0000
Re: Menstruation management and Santiation systems - by: SusannahClemence I would like to read the AC Nielsen report - can you (or anyone, please!) advise how to access it?
I wish it were true that private washing facilities were available in shared toilets here in the UK - at least through this open discussion people might eventually feel more able to rinse reusables, such as cups, in public washbasins, even if we can't exactly wash ourselves.
Brilliant about marathon runner. What an example of taboo-busting.]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:34:13 +0000
Menstruation management and Sanitation systems - by: madeleine It was great pleasure to meet that many of you in Stockholm. I think it was a superactive and interesting SuSanA week.
I hope to see some of you soon in other meetings or online discussions throughout the year.
Before World Water Week I was invited by WSSCC to write a blog for Guardian about menstruation management and saniation system
It was published during the week and I am happy to share it with you.
In the article I call for more knowledge about how menstruation interact with sanitation system. It would be great to have some input on this topic within this group.
Please share the link so that the call on more resources will reach the ones that possess those.
all the best from sunny Stockholm in the aftermath of the World Water Week]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:05:08 +0000
Fwd: [SuSanA forum] worldwide study of menstrual management (Menstrual hygiene management (MHM)) - by: SusannahClemence
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This is great! Thank you so much for your reply, Thilde - really helpful.

I use the term 'phenomenological' based on my own understanding of the definitions I have read, eg Lester, 1999 ( Possibly I'm slightly warping its meaning to suit my own.

I mean that I want to collect and present data from across the world on how women are ACTUALLY managing menstruation in the lived world, in the present, without prejudging, as far as I am able, practices as good or bad. My reasoning is that it may enable cross-fertilising of diverse ideas, illuminate different attitudes and ways of thinking, perhaps provide insights that are inspiring, helpful and refreshing to each other.

I want to include explanations women themselves give as to why they use their menstrual management methods.

I don't expect to take primary data from more than about 6 or 7, hopefully widely diverse, nationalities/cultures. It'll just be a start.
I am interested in what your student is studying, and I would like to read more about it.
Yes, I think I'll stick with the description 'phenomenological'. Even though it's hard to spell!

Thanks again,
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:51:53 +0000