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Menstrual hygiene management, an important topic which is the focus of WSSCC research and advocacy efforts, is on the agenda for the 450 leading water experts gathering this week in Chapel Hill, N.C., USA, for the second annual conference on "Water and Health: Where Science Meets Policy."
Hosted by the Gillings School of Global Public Health's Water Institute at UNC and the UNC Institute for the Environment, the conference focuses upon water-related research, education and outreach.
On Thursday, 1 November, WSSCC is co-hosting the session titled "Menstrual Hygiene Matters! Tools and Experiences to Meet Critical Needs of Women and Girls." WSSCC is convening the session together with WaterAid, USAID WASHplus Project, UNICEF, SHARE, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and Emory University Center for Global Safe Water. Among other presentations, WSSCC's Networking and Knowledge Officer Zelda Yanovich will be presenting some of the early menstrual hygiene management survey findings compiled by WSSCC during its October/November 2012 engagement with the Nirmal Bharat WASH Yatra in India.
On Friday, 2 November, WSSCC is also involved in a one hour side event under the theme of “Behavioural Change” It will focus on the process learning of practitioners in relation to sanitation and hygiene behaviour change and aims to connect practitioners’ experiences with current research. This event is convened by the Global Community of Practice for Sanitation and Hygiene (CoP) and Plan International.