By Neville Okwaro and Kevin Mwanza
On 21 November 2019, the Government of Kenya approved its first stand-alone policy dedicated to Menstrual Health and Hygiene. A timeline of events leading up to Kenya’s MHM policy describes key dates and months recognized as contributing to the country’s MHM policy.
MHM work focused on providing menstrual hygiene materials. Little progress made to address challenges.
WSSCC training takes place in India with holistic approach to MHM. Eight participants from Kenya trained.
Partners discuss need for structural MHM programme requiring a radical shift in ways MHM issues currently addressed. A National MHM policy is needed.
Hygiene Promotion Technical Working Group, co-convened by World Vision and WASH Alliance, and guided by the Ministry of Health hire consultant to develop framework of MHM policy and strategy.
November: First stakeholders’ meeting gathering views on what policy should include.
May: Launch of Kenyan Sanitation and Hygiene Policy, with strong MHM component. The Policy allows for formulation of a National MHM Policy as an action area. Inception Report received from consultant.
August: WSSCC MHM Trainers from India organize a training-of-trainers workshop in Kenya, engaging county and national government participants and other partners.
October: Situational Analysis Report received and shared with stakeholders for review and input.
November: First drafts of MHM Policy and MHM Strategy received and shared with partner members.
January: Draft MHM Policy with input from stakeholders submitted to Ministry of Health.
April: MHM Policy Dialogue meeting convened by Ministry of Health with support from WSSCC. Participants include representatives from ministries and county governments, private sector, research institutions and universities, MHM Policy consultants and development partners.
August: First draft of National MHM Policy sent to Minister of Health. Additions and changes suggested for follow up by Hygiene Promotion Technical Working Group.
December: Draft of National MHM Policy reviewed by additional stakeholders including: Textile and Standards Committee from Kenya Bureau of Standards, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, county government representatives and other partners.
April: Revised draft National MHM Policy submitted to Minister of Health and found to be satisfactory. Cabinet Memo summarizing draft Policy is developed for Cabinet.
November: National MHM Policy is approved by Cabinet.
Launch of National MHM Policy by government and partners after it signature by Minister of Health. Policy to be integrated into existing government programmes with MHM components.
Policy disseminated to Counties
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