Menstrual Hygiene Management in Humanitarian Emergencies


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Re: Menstrual Hygiene Management in Humanitarian Emergencies

Dear Marni,

Thanks for making a posting on our forum! As it is your first posting, please introduce yourself with just a couple of sentences so that people know who you are (I know who you are but most of the other readers do not :-) ).

Secondly, the link which you provided above failed to open for me? (I think it only works for people at your university, is that possible?). Actually, I think this one would be correct one:

And finally, could you please also copy the conclusions section from your paper to here (I am sure that would not violate the copyright agreement) - as from the abstract alone, not very much information can be gleaned with regards to results.

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Menstrual Hygiene Management in Humanitarian Emergencies

Hi everyone,

Unfortunately I cannot post the article (for copyright reasons) but wanted to post a note about our recent publication in Waterlines that calls attention to addressing MHM in Humanitarian Emergency contexts. We are hoping it generates more discussion and interest in the issue. I have copied/pasted the abstract below, and the link to the article on the Waterlines website is:

Over the last 15 years there has been increasing attention to adolescent girls' and women's menstrual hygiene management (MHM) needs in humanitarian response contexts. A growing number of donors, non-governmental organizations, and governments are calling attention to the importance of addressing girls' and women's MHM-related needs in post-disaster and post-conflict settings. However consensus on the most effective and culturally appropriate responses to provide for girls and women remains insufficiently documented for widespread sharing of lessons learned. This article is an effort to begin to document the recommendation of key multi-disciplinary experts working in humanitarian response on effective approaches to MHM in emergency contexts, along with a summarizing of the existing literature, and the identification of remaining gaps in MHM practice, research and policy in humanitarian contexts.

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