Pandemics & Menstrual Health & Hygiene Management

New resources at the intersection of MHM and Covid-19 Nearly everyone doing social good work around the world seems to be scrambling madly at the moment. Organizations are trying to find ways to continue to make progress towards their original goals, while also rising to address emergent needs resulting from Covid-19 and the effects of community closures among the the populations they serve.  Moreover, most organizations are doing so under suddenly tightened financial constraints, with severely restricted mobility. There are still more questions than answers about how to best deal with this rapidly changing situation. However, with remarkable speed, a number of reports and webinars have emerged to…

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New Malala Fund Report on Educational Attainment for Girls During Pandemics

What can earlier pandemics tell us about the likely effects of school closures on the education of girls? Written & Edited by Dhwani Kharel, IMHER Research Assistant Many of those who work on global menstrual health and hygiene issues are partly motivated by the idea of promoting girls’ empowerment through educational access and success. Those goals may be compromised by a public health crisis like Covid-19, since school closures can have disproportionately negative effects on the educational trajectories of girls.  While the global scale of the coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in the modern era, there is some precedent for how school closures can affect girls.  In particular, there are some lessons…

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No, Scotland did not just pass a bill to provide menstrual products to all in need

Or, more accurately, it has not passed the bill yet. Despite exuberant recent news headlines to the contrary, Scotland did not just pass a bill to provide menstrual products for all in need. At this juncture, the bill in question has only passed the first of many procedural stages on its journey to possible final passage. This post summarizes the political process that this bill still faces to potentially becoming a global first, while analyzing how accuracy can matter in news and social media sharing about global progress on menstrual hygiene issues.

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ICPD25: The Significance of the 2019 Nairobi Summit

The ICPD25 summit was held in Nairobi earlier this month. Menstrual health and hygiene played a relatively modest official role in the summit, but the fact that menstruation was on the agenda at all represents progress. Moreover, the presence of MHM advocates at the summit, in addition to a pre-conference event focused specifically on menstrual health and hygiene, provided networking and coalition-building opportunities for those who were able to attend. This is a recap of the event and its significance.

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Country Report: Recent Resources about Menstrual Hygiene in Ethiopia

Menstrual hygiene issues in Ethiopia sometimes seem to be neglected in discussions and reports about global menstrual hygiene, despite evidence suggesting that there are significant unmet product, education, and WASH-related needs within the country. In this IMHER country resource report, we highlight key findings from a recent report by PSI about product usage and WASH challenges around menstrual hygiene in Ethiopia, while providing links to other recent resources about MHM in Ethiopia as well.

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Tips for engaging boys and older people in menstrual health learning (an “IMHER ASKS” video interview)

In this discussion between IMHER and Tanzanian menstrual hygiene entrepreneur, Hyasintha Ntuyeko. Ms. Ntuyeko provides insight and practical tips for how to incorporate boys – as well as older men and women – into educational initiatives and awareness campaigns focused on menstrual hygiene, even when when sometimes facing initial resistance in a given community.

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