What happens when things go wrong in menstrual health and hygiene practice/programming/policy?

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Dear Dani,

Thank you for your post on the SuSanA forum. I hope am not too late to the party :) . Menstrual hygiene Management is very key and I am glad we are having this discussion. To drum up chatter on this topic, I will try and post the questions even as you post them on the other platforms.
For the first three days (16th, 17th and 18th Feb) the questions have been:

16 Feb: Question 1: Share an example of a menstrual health and/or hygiene project you've seen that didn't turn out the way it was planned. What was the intervention and intended outcome? What happened instead?

17 Feb: Question 2: How do you identify MHH failures personally or in your organisation? How are problems noticed? Do people talk about such problems? Are they recorded?

18 Feb: Question 3: Who is most affected by MHH failures? People in your organisations? Beneficiaries? Others? How are they affected?

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Let’s get people talking.

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19th Feb: Question 4: How have you attempted to “fix” problems in your MHH projects in the past? Were you able to? What were the consequences on the wider project?

Please follow the links below to carry on with the discussion:

www.yammer.com/washinschoolsnetwork/

twitter.com/FSM_Fail

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20th Feb: Question 5: Why do you think that failures occur in MHH projects? Are there problems in your organization/ city/ country that led to MHH projects going wrong? Please follow the links below to carry on with the discussion:

www.yammer.com/washinschoolsnetwork/

twitter.com/FSM_Fail

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21st Feb: Question 6: Think about the preventable failures that have taken place in your MHH projects. What could you learn to ensure they are not repeated? How would you plan projects differently?
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Hi all,
Please find the questions of the last three days as we continue with the talk on MHH.

22nd Feb: Question 7: Some of the failures are complex. Do you have examples of when wider systems have caused your MHH project to fail? What can we learn from the failures?

23rd Feb: Question 8: Does your organization have any steps in place to proactively identify potential problems with projects and to guard against them?

24th Feb: Question 9: Within your organization, is there a culture of sharing when things go wrong? What can we learn from your organisation’s approach to failure?

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www.yammer.com/washinschoolsnetwork/
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I hope this topic gets even more coverage, it's such a sensitive issue and one that I hope can one day be fixed. Girls and women from all around the world are, in some cases, misinformed or practice improper hygiene when it comes to their menstrual cycle, which ultimately leads to so many health issues. It's a shame that in 2020 this is still an existing issue.
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Hi all,

25th Feb: Question 10: Who needs to be included in conversations about failures and lessons learnt? How do we engage with them?
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Hi all,

26th Feb: Question 11: What happens when others, either inside or outside of your organization, find out about MHH project failures? How can we make that process less painful and more beneficial to all involved?

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www.yammer.com/washinschoolsnetwork/
twitter.com/FSM_Fail

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Hi all,

27th Feb: Question 12: Within the MHH sector, is there a culture of sharing when things go wrong? What can we learn from other sectors’ approaches to failure? Please follow the links below to carry on with the discussion:

www.yammer.com/washinschoolsnetwork/

twitter.com/FSM_Fail

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Hi all,

28th Feb: Question 13: How do you think we can create a culture in the MHH sector where people talk about things that go wrong and share their lessons more openly, so that we don’t keep making the same mistakes?

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Hi all,

29th Feb: Question 14: Have you heard of the Nakuru Accord? Do you think it is applicable to the MHH sector? What else do you think should be included?

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Dear All,

The Nakuru Accord MHH campaign had been running for two weeks on different social media platforms as in the links below:
www.yammer.com/washinschoolsnetwork/
twitter.com/FSM_Fail

Different questions were posted daily and responses given to their effect. Some of the responses that stood out were:

- It is very hard to identify MHH failures because very few organizations even monitor MHH programming seriously. There are so many examples of MHH activies taking place but zero data on them. Impossible to identify failures (or successes) unless we fix it.

-The most affected by MHH failures are women and girls without good options to manage their periods, exacerbated by feelings of shame and embarrassment.

-For a culture to be created where people share openly their lessons and what has gone wrong:
If the project has not had the intended impact sharing learning and advocacy based on the findings is even more important as it treats the investments of the beneficiaries and community with respect and gives their time and energy value. Engaging the community in a process of exploring available products breaks down stigma and helps introduce products alongside the wider systemic changes need to ensure they can be used safely and comfortably.


The campaign is over but we can still keep the conversation going here.
Feel free to pick a question and answer it in this thread. Looking forward to your responses.

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