Issue 65 August 3, 2012 | Focus on Menstrual Hygiene Management
This issue updates the October 28, 2011, weekly on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) with 2012 resources and information. These include a WEDC MHM fact sheet, an update on PATH MHM projects, and recent news items. Country studies from Bangladesh, Iran, Kenya, and others are also referenced.
PhD in Menstrual Hygiene Management at WEDC, Loughborough University. (More information)
The Water, Engineering and Development Center (WEDC) is exploring the possibility of supporting a student to carry out PhD research related to MHM. In some exceptional cases, funding for international students may be considered under the WEDC scholarship program.
Conference on Exploring Menstruation Hygiene Management Practices, September 27, 2012. (Registration information)
A joint conference between UNICEF and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health will review the range of MHM approaches being initiated or implemented at the research, program, and policy levels, and share lessons learned to date with the broader WASH in Schools community around the world.
Developing an Affordable Sanitary Pad, 2012. PATH. (Link)
PATH’s solution is to develop and advance low-cost menstrual management options for girls and women in low-resource settings. Findings from focus group discussions and literature reviews indicate that girls and women are interested in disposable products that offer better absorbency and have a cheaper price tag than available options. The paper also discusses reusable options (cloth pads and menstrual cups) that can last for several years.
Managing Menstrual Hygiene in Emergency Situations: How Far from Reality?2012. D Wickramasinghe. (Full text, pdf)
This paper explores the issue of MHM in emergency situations. It also discusses common obstacles that are encountered in promoting effective and hygienic menstrual practices in disaster relief programs. Learning from the tsunami relief activities in 2004, this article describes strategic actions to build capacity and develop processes to respond to the needs of menstruating women.
Menstruation Hygiene Management for Schoolgirls in Low-Income Countries, 2012. WEDC. (Full text, pdf)
This fact sheet outlines the problems experienced by menstruating schoolgirls in low-income countries. The fact sheet also evaluates simple solutions to these problems including the use of low-cost sanitary pads and suggests ways in which MHM can be included in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs.