SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:51:23 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: Research of the effects of menstrual hygiene interventions on school attendance - by: thilde From searching in PubMed, I have located more than 50 publications on menstrual hygiene - quantitative as well as quantitative. School attendance/absentiism is actually among the most well investigated factors, since it is fairly easy to correlate with a pad/menstrual cup intervention.

The auhors of Sumpter (the most comprehensive review to date - attached), McMahon, Kirk, Summer,Burrows, and Santina are key authors of the field but many others have published single papers with experiences.

Interventions taking place in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia and Tanzania have brought many new findings to the table.

I would be very interested in reading your report once finished - All the best with seaching more.
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:45:14 +0000
Re: Research of the effects of menstrual hygiene interventions on school attendance - by: Steff thank you very much for your support and sharing the documents! It’s great to see how much is actually happening on MHM!

Still it seems challenging to generate but also find quantitative data about the effects of improved MHM on school attendance & performance of girls. (tried GoogleScholar, JSTOR, ResearchGate, SuSana library etc.)

So once again, if anybody has anything to share I would be more than happy to have a look on it. Quantitative as well as qualitative data, project reports or simply ideas you have in your mind are more than welcome!

To those of you who are also interested in the field I have some recommendations of literature I so far found and used for my investigations. Please find the major scientific generated ones attached. Additionally the “Final report on the impact of feminine hygiene on girls participation in education in Kenya “ from FAWE (Forum for African Women Educationalists) is very advisable.

Best regards
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:18:19 +0000
Re: Research of the effects of menstrual hygiene interventions on school attendance - by: JKMakowka these conference proceedings? Should give you a good starting point for activities in East Africa.

Also have a look at some of the documents I shared on UWASNETs working-group page.]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:31:59 +0000
Research of the effects of menstrual hygiene interventions on school attendance - by: Steff
my name is Steffi Rönitzsch and I am enrolled in the Master’s program ’International Development Studies’ at the University of Marburg, Germany.
I intend to write my Master’s thesis about Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) and in this respect I contact you.

Literature review has so far shown that there is a need for a better understanding of the effects of improved MHM. It seems that there is a gap in the evidence if interventions on MH (hardware as well as software) indeed have an effect on girls' school attendance.

In order to contribute to the scientific debate about this topic and to help facilitate practical work, my Master’s thesis aims at answering the questions, whether MH interventions in fact lead to a higher school attendance among adolescent girls and, if so, what are the factors of their success.

Therefore I would very much like to learn from your practical knowledge. I am currently looking for organisations/institutions that carried out projects aiming at the improvement of Menstrual Hygiene (especially in schools) and can share their experiences. Thus I search for project reports, working papers or any other kind of documented information. Especially interesting are those projects that have well documented information on the conducted measures and on school attendance rates of adolescents before and after the measures.
Please don’t hesitate to also share experiences that might have not had the desired effects, as they can be seen as a ’lesson learned’ for all of us. I am also planning to conduct interviews with the persons in charge of ‘selected’ projects in order to get the full picture of a project.

I am very thankful for your support und will of course share key findings later on.
You can either contact me via Email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or post your ideas here in the forum.

I am looking forward to hearing from you

Yours Sincerely
Steffi Rönitzsch

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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:03:39 +0000
Re: Solid research on the ruby cup - by: PennyPH In answer to your questions:

(1)When do you think it will all be ready for dissemination?

We are currently preparing analyses - we anticipate completion, ready for dissemination, mid-2015.

(2) 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?

The company provided us with Mooncups at a prearranged discount price.
We do not know the views of the company - should there be any interest to discuss with the company then please communicate with them.

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

We would be most keen to move forward to a larger trial, and are currently exploring opportunities for funding.

very best, Penny]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:21:12 +0000
Re: Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in IDP camps in Uganda - article in Disaster Prevention and Management journal - by: AParker]]>
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