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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.

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:28:24 +0200
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 6th Annual Virtual Conference on Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools - by: BrookeYamakoshi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. thanks! Brooke]]> Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:10:19 +0200 Handbook of Critical Menstrual Studies: Call for Ideas, Inputs & Suggested Chapters - by: ingawinkler
Menstruation is having its moment. A year ago, Newsweek ran a cover story titled “The Fight to End Period Shaming is Going Mainstream”. Indeed, the last several years and months have brought a tremendous diversity of menstrual­positive expressions—from the artistic to the practical, the serious and the playful, local and the global.

In response to this shift in perception, awareness and action, we as a group of scholars working in the field are going to edit a handbook on critical menstrual studies. The handbook situates menstruation as a category of analysis, establishing the field of “critical menstrual studies” as a coherent and multi­dimensional transdisciplinary subject of inquiry and advocacy. It is animated by the central question: what new lines of inquiry, including research questions and social justice engagements, are possible when we center our attention on menstrual health and politics across the lifespan?

This handbook, the first of its kind, will at once provide a comprehensive and carefully curated view of the state of the art of critical menstruation studies as well as point toward new directions in research and advocacy.

To reflect the breath, depth and richness of this emerging field, we invite ideas, inputs and suggested chapters for inclusion in the handbook. Please refer to the attached call for more details. We welcome suggestions for specific chapters by potential authors. Likewise, we welcome suggestions of ideas for possible lines of inquiry that should be covered. We welcome referrals, and we encourage you to spread this call as widely as possible with your networks.

Please submit your ideas and proposals by June 20, 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Many thanks and best wishes

Chris Bobel, Breanne Fahs, Katie Ann Hasson, Elizabeth Kissling, Tomi-Ann Roberts, and Inga Winkler

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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sun, 11 Jun 2017 22:13:56 +0200
The Cup Kenya - a new program on menstrual cups to educate and empower girls living in challenging environments - by: Matico i have read through the thread in your project menstrual cup in educating girls especially those girl in rural and urban poor communities who vulnerable to this , in my country Sierra Leone it hardly see girls with age gap of 9-14 years talk about this is a challenge or may I say a taboo to even the parent to talk about menstrual circle to their girl child. I'm a running a small voluntary organization called Water and sanitation for the Urban and Rural Poor (WASURP) .Is a new organization which was lunch few months. Our first project will be or hygiene and sanitation. Can we have your input in our project in Sierra Leone . Or to even partner with you so girls from this part of Africa can also benefit from your project. you can mail me directly if there is a need for any personal discussion This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Menstrual cups Fri, 09 Jun 2017 03:02:42 +0200
*NEW* MHM briefs available from PMA2020: India (Rajasthan), Indonesia, Ghana and Kenya - by: aks0813
PMA2020 has a series of new briefs available on MHM from 2017, featuring data from state-level (Rajasthan) and national (Indonesia, Ghana and Kenya) surveys of women ages 15 - 49. These briefs offer a one-page snapshot of how menstrual hygiene is managed; the main environments where MHM is practiced; and the safety, privacy, and cleanliness of these environments, among other metrics.

Additional briefs featuring MHM findings from other program countries are forthcoming. We invite you to download and share the briefs (also attached). Note that Hindi and Bahasa Indonesian versions can be found on our website, here: .]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Fri, 26 May 2017 15:44:31 +0200
Menstrual cups for Amazonian women - by: canaday
To find these inexpensive menstrual cups, all you have to do is search eBay, AliExpress or Alibaba. I like Alibaba, because you actually know which factory the cups come from, while on the others you only see some random anonymous vendor. The disadvantages are that you have to negociate the whole deal and one is left with doubts on quality until receiving the first shipment..

I have been asking them for email addresses of satisfied Western customers, but they do not want to give me any, which I interpret as potentially a trade secret of the brand-name menstrual cup companies. Also, many of the factories offer customized colors, designs, and logos.

We should not be suprised that this manufacturing happens in China, since they do so much of the world's manufacturing in general.

I would not post this info on Wikipedia, but once we have confirmed good suppliers, we can share the contacts with interested parties. If we post the info publicly, those factories might might not be so careful about quality or greatly increase their prices.

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday]]>
Menstrual cups Tue, 23 May 2017 00:36:10 +0200
May 22, 2017 issue of Water Currents - Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day 2017 - by: campbelldb
This issue of Water Currents contains information on MHD events, select 2017 and 2016 publications and videos on the topic, links to relevant websites, and news articles.

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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Mon, 22 May 2017 16:17:27 +0200
Menstrual Hygiene Day is coming (very) soon * - by: inajurga Less than two weeks to go until 28 May - Menstrual Hygiene Day

Are you also getting excited about Menstrual Hygiene Day!?

The theme for Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) this year is “Education”, because we believe that education about menstruation for girls and women - but also for boys and men - and good menstrual hygiene management can really make a difference!

Here are some updates with new materials and about events happening around the world. Hope you will find these helpful!

Follow our social media channels: , and India (New!) and get active on #mhday2017 to make #menstruationmatters!

MH Day Secretariat / WASH United[/sup]

Campaign Materials
Posters are now available in Spanish, Swahili, Portuguese, French and Hindi! Big thanks to everyone who volunteered to translate! Get your campaign materials here.

Events & celebrations
We are truly amazed by the number of events submitted so far!

Connect, coordinate and create! And please continue submitting events here.

More information on the website or simply subscribe to the Newsletter !

If you have any information, questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us:
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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Fri, 19 May 2017 11:10:12 +0200
Kind invitation to support our free distribution of re-usable sanitary pads to the hard to reach girls in North Rift Kenya - by: WODEC
Greetings to you from Kenya.

We write to inform you of our social enterprise in Kenya-where we distribute re-usable sanitary pads to girls in the hard to reach areas of North Rift Kenya. On this note, we wish to seek the support of forum members to donate towards this worthy cause through our dedicated weblink-

The Women Development Centre (East Africa) Ltd (WODEC) is a women-led social enterprise company which has firmly positioned itself to engage in the development of quality sustainable feminine hygiene available to all. We have the dedication to address Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), in urban areas and slums. Why? Because MHM is as an issue that has been identified by disadvantaged women and girls as a driver of gender inequality and dis-empowerment in slum areas. We plans to develop a replicable and evidence-based model for delivering re-usable sanitary pads and education to marginalized girls in western Kenya.

Our Goal
Every girl and women in Kenya deserves access to safe and hygienic sanitary products. Our goal is to help girls/women reclaim the dignity that poverty denies them and will enable girls to make a lasting and positive impact on the communities they live in and society as a whole – they will complete high school, will be less likely to get HIV/AIDS or fall pregnant before they reach the age of 18 years, and will likely earn higher wages and successfully educate their own children.

What we do
WODEC makes reusable sanitary pads at Kuinet Trading Centre. WODEC Kits are sustainably and locally produced, creating jobs for the women groups and communities. Each WODEC Kit, which also includes life-saving HIV prevention information, keeps a girl from missing school during her periods. At our distribution events, we foster community-building, educational advocacy, and HIV/AIDS awareness. WODEC Kits keep girls in school for one year. WODEC Kits are an affordable, straightforward solution to a complex problem. Each WODEC kit contains the following.

WODEC’s Solution
WODEC reusable sanitary pads are a sustainable resource, allowing girls and women in wards to wash and re-use them rather than having to buy non-reusable sanitary pads every month. In addition, they are inexpensive and environmentally friendly. The social benefit of the implementation of this concept can greatly mitigate the disadvantages many disempowered girls endure during their process of maturing.

Environmental Impact
WODEC’s re-usable sanitary pads are environmentally friendly, unlike the conventional products which are either sent to landfills or go through the sewage system and end up polluting the ocean and beaches. It is estimated that disposable sanitary pads can take up to 500 years to disintegrate. However WODEC’s re-usable sanitary pads never end up in the refuse and therefore do not pollute the environment.

Tackling Unemployment
WODEC has to date employed unskilled women in Eldoret town, thereby transferring skills and contributing to their economic empowerment. This is in line with our goal of contributing to lower unemployment.

Young girls don’t really understand what happens to their bodies during their periods and are embarrassed to chat to their mothers and /or caregivers. WODEC will allow them to confidently take part of each facet of their schooling.

Caregivers and mothers
These remarkable women who often work under very harsh conditions have same challenges as those of the younger girls. Their poverty prevents them from buying sanitary towels which erodes their dignity and confidence. In urban communities, menstrual cycles mean having to take time off work or having to pay for expensive products. Due to WODEC’s support, they and their girl children can now use safe, hygienic products at a lesser rate.

Old women
There is a need to provide WODEC packs to the elderly and frail for their use as panty liners.

Next steps

We would like to seek your support as well to link us with your networks and collaborators too

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 11 May 2017 11:06:47 +0200
Seeking ideas to engage participants in PDX Red Party (MHM) - by: canaday
I just thought up a party game with menstrual cups. The participant has to properly place a menstrual cup in a wine glass, while blindfolded and the glass is hanging upsidedown by a string. There could be a rule of not grabbing the glass, so it would be a bit like bobbing for apples, only upward. If you want to be very daring (and make it very hard), the participant could have their hands tied behind their back once they have the cup folded and in their mouth. These would be new, unused cups, which have been sterilized by boiling. The boiling could even take place right there, to demonstrate how to sterilized them ... and the fact that they can be boiled.

What is PDX?

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 02 May 2017 12:02:15 +0200
Research: Assessment of Knowledge and Practice of Adolescent In-School Girls Towards Menstrual Hygiene Management and Determining Factors in Lucy Village of Ethiopian Great Rift Valley, 2016 - by: kitesab The issue of menstrual hygiene is inadequately acknowledged and has not received proper attention. Furthermore, It has not gained policy or program
support. On the other hand, lack of adequate, safe and private sanitation facilities increase the suffering of pubescent school girls from health and psycho-social problems associated with the indignity experienced due to lack of a suitable place to change and dispose pads. Due to this, girls resort to use unhygienic practice or staying at home while on menstruation which affects their school attendance and performance rates.

The main objective of this study was to assess knowledge and practice of adolescent school girls towards menstrual hygiene and its determining factors in Boset district, East shewa zone, Oromia regional state of Ethiopia.
School based cross sectional study was employed and a multistage sampling technique was used to select 430 female high school students. Data collection was carried out from March 02-30, 2016 using pretested self administered questionnaire, Interview guideline and Focus group discussion (FGD). Data were entered, cleaned and analyzed using SPSS version 21.0. Finally Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis was done at 95% confidence interval to assess independent effect of the predictors on the outcome variable.
In this study, 305(70.9%) and 302(70.2%) have good knowledge and practice of menstrual hygiene, respectively. There is significant positive association between in school girls knowledge about menstruation and menstrual hygiene with their educational status [(AOR)=1.5, 95%(C. I)=(3.7-6.8)] as well as with their mothers' and senior sisters’ educational status [AOR=3.13, (95% CI)=1.32-7.37)]. Nevertheless, educational status of the respondents [AOR=2.844,
95% CI=(1.355-5.97)] and access to WASH facilities [AOR=2.54, 95% CI=(1.355-5.97)] showed significant association with their practice toward menstrual hygiene. Majority of students have good knowledge and practice towards menstrual hygiene and its management. Similar result were discovered from the FGD and observation conducted in the study. Therefore, students need to be counseled on menstrual hygiene management. Further, gender inclusive water and toilet facility should be offered in the schools.

Keywords: Menstruation, Menstrual Hygiene, Knowledge, Practice, Sanitary Pads

Author : To cite this article: Bacha Kitesa, Tadesse Getahun, Kasim Wako, Assessment of Knowledge and Practice of Adolescent In-School Girls Towards Menstrual Hygiene Management and Determining Factors in Lucy Village of Ethiopian Great Rift Valley, 2016, International Journal of Immunology. Vol. 4, No. 6, 2016, pp. 52-63. doi: 10.11648/j.iji.20160406.12]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Mon, 01 May 2017 14:20:42 +0200
Essentials of Menstrual Hygiene Management - Paper by Loughnan in Waterlines, July 2016 - by: F H Mughal Essentials of Menstrual Hygiene Management
A recent paper by Libbet C. Loughnan, et al., advisor to the World Bank, titled: What can existing data on water and sanitation tell us about menstrual hygiene management, available at gives useful essentials of menstrual hygiene management (MHM). The authors call them critical elements of MHM.

The first critical element is water. Water is a critical definitional element of MHM, and it must be available in sufficient quantities for women and girls to wash themselves at home and, to clean any reusable cloth/materials used in MHM.

The second critical element is soap. Access to soap is also a critical definitional element of MHM. The soap should be available in the premises or at the place of handwashing. The other two critical elements are a private place; and a suitable place for disposal.

If I were to critically examine the MHM scenarios in the rural areas of Sindh, Pakistan, I can also say that the menstrual girls and women are to face a very bumpy road ahead. The critical elements are right away missing. There is a long, long way to go for sensitizing the government functionaries and politicians.

As Libbet C. Loughnan says in her blog ( ), captioned Lack of access to a toilet and handwashing materials hits women and girls hardest, especially when menstruating, half a billion women globally, or 13 per cent of all women, lack a place to defecate, and likely lack privacy for menstrual hygiene management.

She says: Women and girls are particularly affected by the lack of safe and accessible water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). They suffer during menstruation and childbirth, and also carry the burden of hours spent collecting water when is it not easily accessible, causing them to miss school and risk rape and harassment.

International agencies have a major role to play, if significant progress is to be achieved. They need to come down to poor developing countries, develop effective strategies, and catalyze the local partners, for improving the life of girls and women, as far as MHM is concerned.

F H Mughal]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:26:03 +0200
New MHM resources - by: Mbaja
Thank you for the information on MHM resources. I am from a small rural village in Kenya where MHM is an issue but no one talks about it. Currently, I am contemplating on researching on an MHM related issue for my Master Thesis and these resource materials are very insightful.

The website is very organised and really easy to navigate through.]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:16:46 +0200
5th Annual Virtual MHM in WinS Conference Columbia University and UNICEF October 25th 2016 - by: inajurga / resources / 2016-MHM-Virtual-Conference-Proceedings Attention it is 17 MB big :side:

The poster presentations can be found here: highlights-5th-virtual-conference/ ]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:45:00 +0100
Help needed for systematic review study on " Engagement of Schools, Media and Health Care Professional in Menstrual Hygiene Management" - by: dannyogwo I need your assistance, I am carryout a systematic review study on " Engagement of Schools, Media and Health Care Professional in Menstrual Hygiene Management" to be presented at the WEDC conference. I have done the first submission and I was requested to make some correction. Can I get your help/ or any other SuSAN member to help me review the paperwork.
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:16:00 +0100