New Resource: Guidance note on Integrating MHM into Ebola Response

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  • Caitlin Gruer, MPH, is a Program Manager for the GATE Program at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Her current work focuses on the use of participatory research methods to capture the lived experiences of girls and women related to menarche, menstruation, and pubertal transitions.
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Request for Ideas -- Considerations for MHM/MHH in an Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak

Hello all, 

Columbia University has launched a project investigating MHM considerations during an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak. The goal is to develop a brief guidance note targeting emergency response actors that provide practical insights on incorporating MHM into EVD outbreak
programs. We are seeking practical learning and examples on these topics from the global humanitarian response community. 

We would be grateful for specific inputs on the following:
  1. Assessment tools, research, reports or program examples related to MHM & EVD response; or
  2. Recommendations of individuals or organizations to contact who have worked in EVD outbreak response such as medical staff, community health workers, SRH and WASH actors involved in response, preparedness and community education efforts.
Please see the attached info sheet for details. 

Please contact Caitlin Gruer ( caitlin.gruer@columbia.edu ) to learn more about the project or share relevant feedback and learning.

Thank you in advance!

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Re: Request for Ideas -- Considerations for MHM/MHH in an Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak

Hello Caitlin,

I am bringing this thread back on top of the pile because I think it is quite an interesting topic. My immediate question is how would MHM provision for Ebola virus disease differ compared to other diseases?

My feeling is that this has more to do with the intensity of the emergency situation brought about by the disease than the relationship of MHM to the disease itself. But I might be wrong. So it would be great to hear from your experiences and from others on what effects the outbreak has on MHM.. even as we explore the aspect of response.

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Re: Request for Ideas -- Considerations for MHM/MHH in an Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak

Hi Chaiwe, 

Thanks so much for your note, and I think you make great points.  I think that you are right that the intensity of the emergency situation is one of the primary considerations. From the community level to the Ebola Treatment Centers, an EVD outbreak presents many challenges in terms of addressing MHM: ensuring WASH facilities at clinics being supportive for unique needs re menstruation; female nurses/clinicians/etc. having adequate stocks of menstrual supplies if they are in remote field locations, etc. 

We've also been interested in any specific concerns about menstrual blood during an ebola outbreak.  We know that some bodily fluids continue to be infectious after someone has recovered from EVD, but have found very little about whether menstrual blood is one of these fluids. 

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Re: New Resource: Guidance note on Integrating MHM into Ebola Response

Columbia University has launched a new Guidance Note focused on key considerations related to menstruation and menstrual hygiene management (MHM) during an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak.  It provides streamlined guidance and practical insights for integrating MHM into EVD response. It was informed by a global desk review and key informant interviews with global experts involved in a range of EVD response efforts in Africa over the last decade. The guidance note was developed with invaluable input and support from numerous humanitarian practitioners and organizations. It was made possible by the generous support of The Waterloo Foundation. Click here to view the resource! 
  
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