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8 July 2020

MHMPA supports revision of curriculum starting in fourth grade By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – Lessons on menstrual health and hygiene will soon form part of the curriculum for students in schools across Nepal. The subject will be taught in grades 4 through 10 following revisions to the science, health and physical education curriculum recently […]

6 July 2020

By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – In Arghakhanchi district, 460 kilometres west of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, community schools are being repurposed as quarantine centres during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of a total sanitation campaign launched in July 2019 by the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) and UN-Habitat with support from Prakash Awareness Group (PRAG) […]

2 July 2020

Interview with the national convener of the MHH alliance By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – Mr Gunaraj Shrestha is the National Convener of Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management Partners’ Alliance (MHMPA) since 2017. The MHMPA is an informal network with 80 members of various organizations working in the field of sanitation and hygiene. Shrestha was […]

27 June 2020

Hope for greater safety and dignity of menstruators if there are accountability measures By Kevin Mwanza NAIROBI, Kenya –  Kenya launched its first-ever standalone menstrual hygiene management (MHM) policy and strategy on this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May), marking a significant milestone for menstruators in the country. The multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder process to the […]

16 June 2020

NGO provides sanitary pads to girls in Nairobi slum during COVID-19 lockdown By Kevin Mwanza NAIROBI, Kenya – In Nairobi’s Korogocho slums, the sudden closure of schools in March was a double tragedy for 15-year-old Consolata. It meant she would lose out not only on learning, but also on free access to sanitary towels provided […]

15 June 2020

WSSCC National Coordinator applauds inauguration of campaign steering committee By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – WSSCC’s National Coordinator for Nigeria, Ms Elizabeth Jeiyol, has commended Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on the inauguration of a steering committee newly established for the Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign. The campaign is a government-led initiative supported by UNICEF, […]

28 May 2020

By Marni Sommer, Virginia Kamowa, Therese Mahon COVID-19 highlights the vulnerable amongst us across the globe: Those who are most vulnerable because of the crowded conditions they live in; those who must continue working despite the threat of infection; and those who cannot absorb the shock of the economic impact of closed economies and quarantine. […]

26 May 2020

By Olajide Adelana In the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in a context of poor sanitation, Nigeria and many countries around the world are confronted with enormous challenges at every turn. A critical look at national response plans offers much to be learned in terms of what is working and what is not, […]

9 May 2020

By Kasole Secrets Founder, Hyasintha Ntuyeko and WSSCC National Coordinator Wilhelmina Malima In April, the global Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) arena lost a champion. Along with Hyasintha and Wilhelmina, WSSCC celebrates the life of Rehema Darueshi. In 2013, Rehema Darueshi began teaching visually impaired students at Toa Ngoma primary school in Tanzania’s community of […]

7 May 2020

COVID-19 indirectly affects menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) and menstrual hygiene management (MHM) through various avenues. For instance, COVID-19 restricts mobility, increases challenges in obtaining certain essential items, reduces interaction with social support networks, reduces privacy of household members who are usually out of the house and are now under lockdown, and causes stress – […]

23 March 2020

By Raza Naqvi THANE, India – It all started with a routine departmental medical camp. Without the camp, the issue of vaginal fungal infections would never have come to the attention of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Dr Priyanka Narnaware, who immediately committed to act on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). Concerned about the health of […]

12 March 2020

A journey to spark off conversations on menstruation By Raza Naqvi SIMDEGA, India – In India, shame and stigma associated with menstruation is silencing conversations on the subject, leading to a lack of knowledge and unsafe hygiene practices. To break this cycle, an engineer from a small town in Bihar left his lucrative career to […]