Why MHH and not just MHM? - Menstrual hygiene and health and not just menstrual hygiene management

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Why MHH and not just MHM? - Menstrual hygiene and health and not just menstrual hygiene management

Dear All;

I would like to raise an issue as I know it may be a question that some of us are mulling over in our minds. This is in relation to why we have MHH (Menstrual hygiene and health) and not just MHM (menstrual hygiene management).

We at WSSCC and other stakeholders believe that MHH is a better term than Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) because MHH reaches out beyond the WASH sub sector and encompasses the broader partnership on MHM with other sub sectors such as the “Sexual Reproductive Health” sub sector.

We are open to hear what others think about this. This is an ongoing conversation whether "Hygiene Management" would cover all that is required or "Hygiene and Health" would provide a greater opportunity of various partnerships that are way beyond our traditional players. The SDGs calls for us to work beyond our sectors and cultivate partnerships that would yield sustainable results. We have to think outside the box and not work as we previously did, if we continue running business as usual, it will take us much longer to produce the desired outcome. We have to shift our mind set and expand our partnerships if we expect to cover more ground with the critical issue of menstruation.

Looking forward to your views and contributions on this matter and more.

Regards;
Liz

Elizabeth Wamera
Technical Expert: Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Technical Support Unit
Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
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Re: Why MHH and not just MHM

It indeed goes beyond hygiene and covers psychosocial development, reproductive health, infrastructure, quality standard etc.

I had shared this model last week on the platform illustrating that.

It feels good to know that the ideal is here now.

Linda Lilian
Team Leader and Founder of Cause Effect Initiative Limited ( CEIL)
CIEL is located in Mpigi District

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