SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:21:45 +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: 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
Menstrual Health Landscapes: Kenya, Ethiopia, and India - by: fltmazzola http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18136-menstrual-health-landscapes-kenya-ethiopia-and-india#18136 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/18136-menstrual-health-landscapes-kenya-ethiopia-and-india#18136
Apologies for our hasty posting here! We were so excited to get these reports up that we neglected to provide all of the background and information. Please see updated copies attached.

But to give you a bit more background:

FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change. Through customized consulting services, innovative thought leadership, and support for learning communities, we help foundations, businesses, nonprofits, and governments around the world accelerate progress by reimagining social change. Learn more at www.fsg.org

FSG supported the Gates Foundation to identify high-impact opportunities and approaches related to menstrual health globally and three countries: Kenya, Ethiopia, and India. This work included on-the-ground research in Kenya, Ethiopia, and India. The knowledge gained from the research is intended to enable the field to be more intentional and evidence based in its approach to menstrual health and provide guidance on what, if any, catalytic role the Foundation can play in identifying and/or addressing the social, health, economic, market and gender drivers, impacts and opportunities associated with menstrual health. Please see the attached three country landscapes. Findings from the global landscape are also publically available and can be found at: fsg.org/publications/opportunity-address...th-and-gender-equity

Please let me know if you have questions!

Best,
Francesca]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Mon, 30 May 2016 01:15:07 +0000
Re: Safepad Re-usable sanitary napkin - by: karthik http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/17916-safepad-re-usable-sanitary-napkin#18001 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/17916-safepad-re-usable-sanitary-napkin#18001
Good day, i hope you are fine.

Thank you very much for your message,

Yes we made some study about the candida / yeast infection in women during mensuration, the link what is shared you to show the percentage of women is suffering bu candida, but the problem is during the mensuration pH plays a important role for the growth of candida, if pH is Alkaline Candida will have high growth and this may vary every month according to the food and other related rolls.
As i mentioned earlier in many under development and developing countries women in rural areas are uncomfortable to talk about this problem.

Regarding the fertility, "Recurrent vaginal yeast infections cause the internal vaginal flora to become unbalanced which may make it harder for the sperm to reach the uterus. Sperm is not killed by overgrowth of Candida, but because the infection changes the consistency of the cervical mucous, it may make it more difficult for the sperm to reach the cervical opening." resulting to fertile problem.
natural-fertility-info.com/candida-fertility.html


But we will look into it more detailed and will get back to you with a proper document where it shows the exact percentage of women suffering from Candida during mensuration.

thank you and looking forward to hear from you.
i will be in touch with you.

Regards,
Karthik
Real Relief
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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 12 May 2016 08:45:35 +0000
Re: Safepad Re-usable sanitary napkin - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/17916-safepad-re-usable-sanitary-napkin#18000 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/17916-safepad-re-usable-sanitary-napkin#18000
Regarding this statement of yours:
During the menstrual period 75% of all women suffer from the infection Candidiasis, an infection that causes health issues and in worst cases will impact the fertility.


The website link that you provided said:
"About 75% of women get at least one yeast infection during their lifetime."

That's not the same thing!
So I would strongly recommend that you remove this statement from your promotional materials. It is simply wrong and misleading.
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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 12 May 2016 07:18:12 +0000
Re: Safepad Re-usable sanitary napkin - by: karthik http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/17916-safepad-re-usable-sanitary-napkin#17999 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/17916-safepad-re-usable-sanitary-napkin#17999

Good day, I hope you are fine.

Thank you very much for your message and I am happy to clarify your requirement.

Regarding to your requirement, herewith I have attached a document with its Advantage, Disadvantage, packing and cost of Safepad™ which will give you more clear idea about our innovative solution for Mensuration and to save environment.
As you know thousands and thousands of disposable Sanitary pads are troughed away after use and it will not be degraded dur the synthetic material which cause lot of health and environment issue. Also some under development a dn developing countries the sanitary pad troughed away in dust where the waste collector or scavengers remove with bare hands which lead to unhygienic condition.
Our Safepad™ will be a solution for this issues as well it can be used as a preventive care for candida or microbial infection during mensuration. Please refer the below link where 75% of women’s are suffering from infection (youngwomenshealth.org/2013/06/19/yeast-infection/ )

So I believe my above clarification will be okay or let me know if you need any more information.

Also I would like to inform you we will be launching Safepad™ in Women Delivery conference in Copenhagen. So I would like to know will you be around in this conference and we have a booth where you can see the Safepad™.


Thank you and looking forward to hear from you soon.

I wish you a nice day.

Regards,
Karthik
Real Relief
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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 12 May 2016 06:07:18 +0000
Re: Safepad Re-usable sanitary napkin - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/17916-safepad-re-usable-sanitary-napkin#17983 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/17916-safepad-re-usable-sanitary-napkin#17983
thank you for posting the interesting innovation. It would be great if you could give some more information on costs, advantages and disadvantages of Safepad from an objective perspective!

Also, the number of Candidiasis infections (75% of all women) seems to be very high - could you provide a reference for that?

I am very much looking forward to your answers!

Raphaela]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 11 May 2016 13:10:58 +0000
Re: 28 May - Menstrual Hygiene Day - Campaign materials and Planning Guide available - by: Shawn http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/17884-28-may-menstrual-hygiene-day-campaign-materials-and-planning-guide-available#17920 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/17884-28-may-menstrual-hygiene-day-campaign-materials-and-planning-guide-available#17920 Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 04 May 2016 13:19:53 +0000 Safepad Re-usable sanitary napkin - by: karthik http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/17916-safepad-re-usable-sanitary-napkin#17916 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/17916-safepad-re-usable-sanitary-napkin#17916
During the menstrual period 75% of women suffer from the infection Candidiasis once in their lifetime, an infection that causes health issues and in worst cases will impact the fertility.

Safepad hygienic sanitary pads are designed with a permanently bonded antimicrobial technology that helps reducing vaginal infections caused by Candida albicans along with infections from other pathogens.

The antimicrobial technology is based on a treatment that leaves a positively charged layer on the fabric. This layer will attract and kill the negatively charged microbes, like bacteria and fungi.
The permanently bonded antimicrobial fabric along with a highly absorbent material provides a comfortable and hygienic experience for the women.

Antimicrobial Efficiency
Pseudomonas Aeruginosa 99,99% reduction
Escherichia Coli 99,99% reduction
Staphylococcus Aureus 99,99% reduction
Candida Albicans 99,99% reduction
Aspergillus Niger 99,99% reduction]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 04 May 2016 11:32:56 +0000
28 May - Menstrual Hygiene Day - Campaign materials and Planning Guide available - by: inajurga http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/17884-28-may-menstrual-hygiene-day-campaign-materials-and-planning-guide-available#17884 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/24-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm/17884-28-may-menstrual-hygiene-day-campaign-materials-and-planning-guide-available#17884 Menstrual Hygiene Day is this month on 28 May. We hope you are as excited as we are!

We have worked 24/7 to create the new campaign materials and updated the website, too! And finally, here are the UPDATES!

It is easiest to go to www.menstrualhygieneday.org to find everything. Below a smaller extract:


Menstruation matters to everyone, everywhere
This year's theme for MH Day 2016 is "menstruation matters to everyone, everywhere". Menstruation matters to women and girls worldwide, in all spheres of life, to boys & men, and to transgender people. It is a matter of equality, inclusion and human rights, and is important in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more on websitethe website, and get involved!


Campaign Planner
The Menstrual Hygiene Day Planner will help you plan for Menstrual Hygiene Day 2016. It is meant to give you guidance and inspiration for all your activities. The Planner includes background information on:

  • Menstrual Hygiene Day
  • Menstrual Hygiene Management
  • Theme: Menstruation matters to everyone, everywhere
  • How to get involved



Campaign Materials


The story of this year’s campaign is that “every day can be a good day”, including the days of the period. Different people explain what makes days of the period normal and good.
Brand-new materials for 2016 are:
  • "Every day can be a good day" - illustrations
  • "Every day can be a good day" - templates
  • "Menstruation matters to everyone, everywhere " banner and posters




Materials for print and for social media are currently available in English and Spanish, with French and Hindi coming soon! DOWNLOAD HERE







CONTACT

If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact me:
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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Mon, 02 May 2016 14:24:45 +0000