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A timeline of events leading to Kenya’s MHM policy

At a Glance 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. 2015 MHM work focused […]

MHM Lab Convenor’s Manual (English and French)

The MHM Lab’s aim is simple: to transform menstruation into a matter of pride and help women and girls stop suffering in silence. By enabling safe and hygienic menstrual management (MHM), as well as safe reuse and/or disposal of menstrual hygiene products, the Lab allows women and girls to regain control of a basic but […]

WSSCC, WaterAid and the Netherlands bring WASH, MHM to European Development...

WSSCC, with partners WaterAid and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, is co-hosting a special session at the European Development Days on the potential for WASH to empower women and girls, and more specifically looking at Menstrual Hygiene Management. The session will examine how millions of women and girls today lack the facilities, […]

Leave No One Behind: an MHM toolkit for women and girls with visual and hea...

In keeping with the SDG principle of LNOB, WSSCC developed an MHM tool kit that can be used by women and girls with visual and hearing impairments.

WSSCC facilitated its first ever MHM training for parliamentarians in Tanza...

WSSCC facilitated a MHM training for Tanzanian Members of Parliament (MP) from the 10th to 11th of February 2018, in Dodoma, Tanzania.

WSSCC’s Holistic Three-Pronged Approach to MHM

WSSCC’s three-pronged approach to MHM aims at demystifying the stigma and shame around menstruation.

Field Mission in Cameroon Highlights Challenges for MHM in Refugee Camps

On International Migrants Day, study findings from refugee camps in Cameroon highlight MHM challenges in humanitarian settings

Raise Your Voice for Menstrual Hygiene Management: A Participant’s Perspect...

WSSCC member Daniel Karanja argues that male inclusion is vital if we wish to normalize MHM

WSSCC Fulfils its SACOSAN VI Commitments to Train Governments and Influence...

WSSCC will facilitate a regional Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Training of Trainers (ToT) in Sri Lanka

Second Training of Trainers on Menstrual Hygiene Management in Kenya empowe...

WSSCC has now covered 36 counties with MHM Training with support from the Kenyan government

MHM –The experience of nomadic and sedentary populations in Niger

This study examines and analyzes behaviours and practices for the management of menstrual hygiene and their impact on the living conditions of sed­entary and nomadic women and girls in Niger.

Workshop builds foundation for MHM research in Cameroon, Niger and Senegal

Researchers gathered discussed objectives and actions for an MHM pilot study.

MHM: Father figures implored to act

In Uganda, actors celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day by calling upon father figures to support menstruating girls.

Launch of MHM research results in Yaounde, Cameroon

In November 2015, UN Women and WSSCC launched the results of a study on menstrual hygiene in Yaounde, Cameroon at an event attended by government officials, members of the diplomatic community and civil society organizations. Titled “Menstrual Hygiene Management: Behaviour and Practices in Kye-Ossi and Bamoungoum, Cameroon”, the study is the third in a series […]

Senegal: new agreement signals concrete action to integrate MHM into policy...

The signing of a memorandum of understanding between WSSCC and the Government of Senegal in October 2015 takes the country a step closer towards much-needed policy and behaviour change to improve women’s and girls’ rights to water and sanitation. The agreement, coordinated through the Millennium Drinking Water and Sanitation Programme (PEPAM), is an integral part […]

MHM: Possible solutions for breaking taboos

By Idrissa Sane Dismantling the prejudices that surround menstruation is a topic that concerns organizations such as UN Women and WSSCC, which recently organized a panel discussion on the issue. The speakers invited mothers to discuss the matter with their daughters. They also suggested developing persuasive arguments and offering training to teachers. Some believe that […]

Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) – Studies on Behaviour and Practices in ...

The three studies provide critical information about menstrual hygiene management knowledge & practices in Senegal and Cameroon.

Long-running advocacy in Nepal to realize menstrual health and hygiene for ...

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 […]

Experts welcome Kenya’s Menstrual Hygiene Management Policy

The policy sets out a framework for clarification of the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in the country’s MHM space. Experts speak out

Experts welcome Kenya’s Menstrual Hygiene Management Policy

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 […]

Out of school, out of pads

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 […]

The Clean Nigeria’ campaign vital to achieving SDG6

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, […]

Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate

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. […]

Six takeaways on Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 and poor sanitation

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, […]

Remembering Rehema: A Passionate Champion of Menstrual Health and Hygiene i...

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 […]

Programming guidance on Menstrual Health and Hygiene in COVID-19 response

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 – […]

COVID-19: WSSCC Programming and Guidance Brief

30 April 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all countries where WSSCC has ongoing Global Sanitation Fund-supported programmes and National Coordinators. Programming has been directed to national prevention efforts. WSSCC has compiled what we view as the most useful information and practical guidance at this point, alongside a wider set of resources and some of […]

COVID-19: Sanitation and hygiene for today and tomorrow

We are keeping our focus on sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health, for those left behind and least able to respond. LATEST NEWS: We have compiled what we view as the most useful information and practical guidance at this point for our country implementing partners. Alongside a wider set of resources and some of the good […]

Thane Police partners with WSSCC to educate female officials about menstrua...

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 […]

India’s Simdega district leading by example on menstrual health and hygiene

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 […]

Breaking the silence around menstrual hygiene

By Trupti Ashtankar and Charlotte Jenner Mumbai, India – In many communities across India, menstruation and related hygiene practices are socially and culturally sensitive issues, shrouded in silence and perpetuated by myths or social taboos. As a result, women (and men) often lack essential information about the cause of menstruation, as well as safe menstrual […]

Au Népal, des écolières s’allient pour améliorer la gestion des menstruatio...

Dans une école rurale, les filles peuvent désormais rester à l’école en période de menstruation Renu Kshetry NUWAKOT, Népal — Dans un village népalais, une écolière de 15 ans raconte comment ses parents lui ont demandé, trois ans plus tôt, de s’isoler pendant cinq jours lorsqu’elle a eu ses premières règles. « J’ai été forcée de […]

India’s vulnerable and voiceless groups speak out at Rishikesh

“Leave No One Behind” workshop addresses inequality on poor access to toilets and menstrual facilities By Prince Mukherjee RISHIKESH, India, – A growing sense of exclusion from the rest of the community is palpable as hundreds of marginalized people in India speak openly about the availability of toilets and menstrual facilities and matters of water […]

Schoolgirls in Nepal team up for proper management of menstruation

Improvement at a rural school empowers menstruating girls to stay in school By Renu Kshetry NUWAKOT, Nepal – A 15-year-old schoolgirl in a Nepali village recalls how her parents asked her to stay in isolation for five days when she had her first period three years ago. “I was made to stay in the darkroom […]

Year in review 2019

WSSCC’s most memorable moments of 2019 Join us and take a look back at some of the most notable activities that shaped the past 12 months of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). January: WSSCC and GIWA spread the word about sanitation at the Kumbh Mela festival in India – A faith-based festival […]

Kenya paves the way for menstruators

The government approves a policy exclusively on menstrual health and hygiene By Kevin Mwanza NAIROBI, Kenya – The Government of Kenya will provide more robust support for menstrual challenges faced by girls and women across the nation after approving a landmark policy dedicated to menstrual health and hygiene on 21 November 2019. The stand-alone National […]

Seizing the day at the global population summit in Nairobi

WSSCC and partners call for action on Menstrual Health and Hygiene By: Kevin Mwanza NAIROBI, Kenya – Research shows that 6 out of 10 girls in Kenya have never heard about menstruation until their first period, and 65 percent of menstruating girls and women in the nation cannot sustainably access sanitary pads. Menstruation is rarely […]

Une chanson vient inspirer la gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle au Kenya

« Je n’existerais pas sans la menstruation » – un chanteur local Par: Kevin Mwanza KIISI, au Kenya – Une chanson en l’honneur de la menstruation rompt le mur du silence autour de la menstruation au Kenya, où un grand nombre de filles continuent de manquer l’école lorsqu’elles ont leurs règles, des milliers d’autres n’ont pas les […]

Kenya conference raises awareness on sanitation and hygiene

WSSCC partners and members show case their work  By: Kevin Mwanza NAIROBI, Kenya – A four-day conference in Nairobi with a special focus on sanitation offered a timely opportunity for WSSCC-supported partners to make a show of “splash” on their work to leave no one behind and engage with other diverse sector players from the […]

Training of Swachhagrahis on ODF Plus – Module & Trainers’ Handbook

Swachh Bharat Mission is the biggest people’s movement on sanitation in the world that seeks to create a Clean India. As reported by the Government of India, close to 100% Open Defecation Free (ODF) status has been achieved. The current focus of the national flagship programme is now on ODF Plus (ODF+), which aims at […]

Bihar State Menstrual Hygiene Management Guidelines & Implementation Framew...

Menstruation and related hygiene practices are a socially and culturally sensitive issue shrouded largely in silence and perpetuated by social taboos. Following the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission-Garmin, Open Defecation Free (ODF) achievements are now proposed to be followed up by ODF sustainability and ODF plus initiatives. Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) is one of the […]

Jharkhand State Menstrual Hygiene Management Guidelines & Action Plan

The Government of Jharkhand is working towards development of all aspects of sanitation and hygiene, including menstruation. Stigmas and taboos associated with menstruation impact the ways it is perceived and managed. Working on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) requires a well-planned out detailed strategy and coordinated efforts from various stakeholders and line departments. The Swachh Bharat Mission […]

Song inspires menstrual hygiene management in Kenya

‘I would not exist without menstruation’ – a local singer By Kevin Mwanza   KIISI, Kenya – A song in praise of menstruation breaks the code of silence around menstruation in Kenya, where many girls are still missing school while they are menstruating, thousands of others are unable to afford health products, and a large […]

WSSCC/UNWomen Joint Programme Evaluation on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation ...

From 2014 to 2018 the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and UN Women implemented the Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation. The objective of the programme was to support governments with the design of inclusive and evidence-based policies in the water and sanitation sector with special attention to the needs of women […]

Interview with Vinod Mishra, WSSCC India Coordinator

GENEVA – As India advances its unprecedented, government-led movement, known as the Swachh Bharat Mission, to progress the ambition of the country being open defecation free, we sat down with Vinod Kumar Mishra, WSSCC India Coordinator, to discuss his views on how to reach the last mile in India and leave no one behind in […]

Thousands of faith group members in India stand up for menstrual hygiene

By Vinod Mishra and Francesca Nava RISHIKESH, India – About 5,000 volunteers, pilgrims, devotees and religious students in India broke the silence on Menstrual Hygiene Day to shine an important light on menstruation – a topic often hidden and purposely avoided in the Hindi culture. In some parts of the country, women’s fertility is considered […]

Stockholm! Here we come!

An exciting summer is coming as WSSCC gears up for the 2019 Stockholm World Water Week between 25 and 30 August! And this year, we are making a splash! See our programme for details! Why? Because we can’t emphasize enough the importance of this year’s theme: Water for society – Including all. The Council has […]

Improving menstrual hygiene management in Tanzania is everyone’s responsibi...

By Francesca Nava DODOMA, Tanzania – Hygiene practitioners, boys and girls, humanitarian workers, government officials and parliamentarians are joining forces to raise a unified voice on menstruation. Flexing their muscles in a group photo, they emphasized that everyone, including government officials, sanitary pads suppliers and family members especially men, should be involved in actions to […]

WSSCC @ Women Deliver 2019

WSSCC is attending the 2019 Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, Canada. Held every three years, the conference brings together people from around the world to connect and share. The theme of this year’s conference is power, progress and change. Key highlights for WSSCC include: 03 June: a Period Power breakfast on Monday to connect people […]

Dialogue: l’Intégration de la Gestion de l’Hygiène Menstruelle dans les Pol...

Fawoziatouh Allade, Benin Le 23 mai 2019, s’est ouvert le dialogue des parties prenantes sur l’intégration de la Gestion de l’Hygiène Menstruelle dans les politiques et stratégies du Développement au Bénin. Placé sous le haut parrainage du Ministre de la Santé, ledit dialogue qui est une première au Bénin, est financé par le WSSCC. L’objectif […]

The Growth and Potential of Cross-Sectoral Collaboration in Advancing Compr...

Experts representing the WASH sector, UN organizations, academia and civil society came together today at the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in an All-Female Panel to chair a side event titled, Access to Menstrual Health as a Public Service: The Lived Experiences of Women and Girls. The event was dedicated to elevating […]

Prioritizing Women and Girls in Pakistan – Country holds first national tra...

The Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Working Group in Pakistan held the first national level training of trainers this past January in a move to support the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector to mainstream and promote the health of women and girls.  More than 70 participants from across the country are now able to cascade […]

WSSCC and GIWA spread the word on sanitation and water at Kumbh Mela

Faith-based, water-focused festival presents extraordinary opportunity to raise awareness among millions of people of the life-changing benefits of better hygiene The largest human gathering on Earth is assembling in India this month as tens of millions of people from across the country and around the world make their way to the city of Prayagrajfor the […]

WSSCC session guide for the 5th African Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)’s vision is a world in which everyone, everywhere is able to practice safe sanitation and hygiene with dignity. Working to facilitate sector coordination at national, regional and global levels, WSSCC believes that the 5th African Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene is a unique opportunity to promote political […]

Shame of menstruation must be replaced with support for improved menstrual ...

WSSCC welcomes resolution promoting respect for the human rights of women and girls and their greater participation in society Geneva, 28 September 2018: A Human Rights Council resolution urging countries to take decisive action to ensure women and girls have universal access to information, products and facilities needed for improved menstrual hygiene has been warmly […]

WSSCC members disseminate awareness of Menstrual Health Issues on Global Me...

To commemorate the global celebration of Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018, WSSCC members across the world organized hundreds of activities to raise awareness and promote issues of menstrual health among girls and women. The activities included workshops in schools and in women’s centres. In Pakistan, Ikhtiar Khaskhelly held training workshop sessions for students at the Shafaq […]

Double honours for Tobias Omufwoko, WSSCC’s Kenya National Coordinator!

On 14 August 2018, Mr. Tobias Omufwoko, CEO of WASH Alliance Kenya and WSSCC National Coordinator of Kenya, was appointed to serve as the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Focal Person for Sanitation and Water for All (SWA). Moreover, Mr. Omufwoko was elected to sit as a Board Member representing the Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil […]

Le WSSCC défendra l’ODD 6 lors de l’édition 2018 du Forum politique de haut...

L’édition 2018 du Forum politique de haut niveau pour le développement durable nous donne une occasion historique et sans précédent d’accélérer les progrès vers l’ODD 6 : Eau propre et assainissement. Rejoignez le Conseil de concertation pour l’approvisionnement en eau et l’assainissement (WSSCC) et ses partenaires lors des évènements suivants, qui comportent des interventions par des spécialistes et […]

WSSCC to champion SDG 6 at 2018 High Level Political Forum

The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018 offers an historic and unprecedented opportunity to accelerate momentum on SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. Please join the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and its partners at the following events, which feature expert speakers and interactive discussions. In addition to the events, WSSCC and its 5,000 members from around the world will be […]

Important new resources from our work in India, Cambodia and with IDS

Important new resources from our work in India, Cambodia and with IDS From India to Cambodia, and with partners such as the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), WSSCC and has been active in developing new training guides, reviews and reference briefs for members and the broader water, sanitation and hygiene sector. The new publications described […]

The Government of Nepal calls for dignified Menstrual Hygiene Management

Did you know …? Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges facing women and girls in Nepal have gained political attention: a policy on civil code of conduct against menstruation taboos and on dignified menstruation together with an MHM Master Plan (2018-2020) are in the process of formulation Four Ministers and speaker of the lower Parliament have […]

WSSCC, UN Women hold regional conference on reducing gender inequalities in...

UN Women and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) hold a regional conference on the reduction of gender inequalities in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector On 18 and 19 June, Dakar hosted the regional conference on the reduction of gender inequalities in the WASH sector. Over two days and coming from […]

WSSCC organised a #LetsTalkPeriod Tweet Chat to commemorate MH Day 2018

On the 28th of May 2018, Menstrual Hygiene Day was celebrated the world over in order to raise awareness on the issue, break the silence on MHM and break down taboos, myths and stigmas that disempower girls. To commemorate this day, WSSCC prepared a social media kit and encouraged its members to use it for virtual […]

Talking menstrual hygiene with Daniel Iroegbu

By Benedicta Arthur Intern, WSSCC Governance and Membership Unit WSSCC member Daniel Iroegbu knew he found his passion for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) work when he was in Primary 5 and attended a Boy’s Bridge Camp in rural Nigeria. He was struck by the deplorable health conditions among women and children. Since then, Daniel has […]

#NoMoreLimits! WSSCC members called to act, advocate on upcoming Menstrual ...

The world will celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018, which takes place on 28 May and has the theme (and hashtag) of #NoMoreLimits. To promote this day and the important messages it aims to spread, WSSCC will share tailored content about the importance of Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). WSSCC’s members and partners are actively invited to: […]

WASH Progress from Senegal in focus during the 62nd CSW in New York

WSSCC and its partner UN Women co-convened a side event during the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 2018. The cross-cutting session, entitled Sanitation: the challenge of rural women and girls in West and Central Africa, highlighted the issue of unlocking multiple benefits for rural women and girls through […]

Upcoming global events aim to move the sanitation and hygiene agenda forward

The coming months are a busy period for the international WASH community, with a number of important sector events and milestone days on the agenda. Collectively, the events offer members the opportunity to follow the international dialogue and developments concerning SDG target 6.2, and get involved. Be sure to follow WSSCC’s Twitter and Facebook pages […]

WSSCC at the 7th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN)

In April, WSSCC is pleased to continue its longstanding engagement in the South Asian Conference on Sanitation. The event is themed Safe Sanitation in South Asia – Plan 2030, and takes place 10-14 April 2018, Islamabad, Pakistan. ‘SACOSAN is a vibrant mechanism for learning and sharing, assessing progress, regional advocacy and benchmarking,’ says WSSCC Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk, […]

Breaking the silence on menstruation: Menstrual Hygiene Management Training...

WSSCC conducted a 5-day training of trainers on Menstrual Hygiene Management for government officials across different departments in Saharanpur.

Pioneering Senegal Menstrual Hygiene Study focuses on Female Genital Mutila...

Does FGM have implications for the management of menstrual hygiene? A team of researchers from Senegal investigate the question.

Download it now! Final issue of the WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme Informat...

The final issue of the WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme information letter is now available in English and French

Taking Menstrual Hygiene Management from Stigma to Social Change

WSSCC’s Virginia Kamowa, writes how menstruation is associated with one of the most pervasive stigmas that holds back gender equality

The inception of a political movement for Menstrual Hygiene Management in N...

The Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation in Niger has made considerable progress in in promoting sanitation and hygiene for women and girls

WSSCC Members and Partners Raise Awareness on Menstrual Hygiene Management

Members have successfully been at the forefront of initiatives to break taboos and promote a safe and equal access to sanitation and hygiene

WSSCC experts share WASH expertise in a series of blogs

A series of blogs by our in-house experts contribute to the WASH and broader development sectors

Les gros titres et les temps forts de l’année 2017

Le WSSCC vous souhaite de joyeuses fêtes ! En 2017, le WSSCC a continué ses efforts visant à assurer l’atteinte de la cible 6.2 des ODD

Headlines and Highlights from 2017

WSSCC continued to play a significant role in the national, regional and global efforts towards achieving access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all

A conversation on the Human Rights to water and sanitation

On international Human Rights Day, WSSCC’s Enrico Muratore discusses the Human Rights to water and sanitation

Photo gallery: WSSCC Members and partners mark Global Handwashing Day 2017

This year’s theme Our Hands Our Future highlighted the importance of handwashing to ensure a healthy future for all

Parliamentarians in Cameroon discuss sanitation and hygiene challenges for ...

Lawmakers unanimously agreed to push for policies and direct actions to ensure safe and adequate sanitation for women

WSSCC at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Water and Health C...

WSSCC will also convene an important session on Transgender Access to WASH

International Day of the Girl Child: WSSCC Members Improve Sanitation for ...

Empowering women and girls is at the core of WSSC’s work

Educating girls: the key to tackling global poverty

The full article on the Guardian’s Round Table discussion on Gender and Equality with comments from WSSCC’s Archana Patkar

Second Training of Trainers on Menstrual Hygiene Management in Kenya brings...

The training features the three key elements of MHM which are: Breaking the Silence, Managing Menstruation Hygienically, and Safe Reuse and Disposal

WSSCC and Partners Promote Sanitation and Hygiene at UNGA Events

The Minister of Water for Nigeria announced that Nigeria will empower 5.5 million people to achieve Open Defecation Free status by 2018

Menstrual Hygiene Management integrated in two national strategies in Camer...

The strategies explicitly include Menstrual Hygiene Management in their goals

WSSCC at the UN General Assembly in New York 18 -23 September 2017

WSSCC’s busy agenda for the coming week promoting sanitation and hygiene is available here

WSSCC’s Work in Kenya – Innovative Approaches for Better Sanitation

With innovative and targeted programming, WSSCC has supported 81,500 people in Kenya to live in Open Defecation Free (ODF) environments

WSSCC Papers and Presentations at the 40th WEDC International Conference

WSSCC staff and partners led several paper presentations and facilitated an MHM workshop

WSSCC at the 40th WEDC International Conference 24 to 28 July

WSSCC will be presenting papers on equality, real-time learning and best practice

Q&A with the Netherland’s Pim van der Male on Menstrual Hygiene Management

The Netherland’s Senior Policy Officer for WASH raises important issues surrounding MHM

Research and Action: the WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene ...

Drawing your attention to the programmes’ documentation on sanitation behaviour practices in Senegal

Country Focus: Senegal – Improving Community Development and Health Outcome...

The GSF-supported Senegal programme uses its sanitation and hygiene focus to improve the living conditions and health of disadvantaged communities

A WSSCC Member Shares Five Lessons From Menstrual Hygiene Management Training

WSSCC member Neha Basnet recently took part in WSSCC’s Menstrual Hygiene Management training in Nepal.  She shares her insights and recommendations

Health and Hygiene across the Life Course: World Health Assembly side sess...

The session drew attention to sustainable hygiene and health solutions, highlighting policy advances and often-neglected areas of sanitation

L’expertise WASH du WSSCC au service des ODD

Le WSSCC a été en mesure de mettre en lumière ses contributions et son rôle uniques au sein des secteurs WASH et du développement

Josephat’s journey: How a local government actor in Kenya became a WASH cha...

Find out how Josephat Geteya Onchari was triggered to become a key WASH champion for Kenya

First Ladies and Bikers: Innovative Ways to Celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day

Celebrations led by our partners around the world had great effect on MHM Day

Overcoming the fear and shame associated with menstruation in Bangladesh

Nupur shares her journey from the fear and isolation of first menses to becoming an MHM champion

Menstrual Health and Vitality: Breaking the Silence, Stemming the Flood

In order to truly break the silence let’s ensure that periods are no longer considered as shameful

Improving the Lives of Women and Girls: WSSCC’s work in Menstrual Hygiene M...

Managing menstruation in a safe and hygienic way can deeply impact the lives and prospects of women and girls

Patricia Mulongo braves her own hearing impairment to break the silence on ...

She is determined that no one is left behind in menstrual hygiene management

Bridging the Divide on Menstrual Hygiene Management

Common ground on women’s empowerment – WSSCC’s Unjela Kaleem discusses the implications of poor sanitation with Johnson and Johnson

#Connecting the Dots: reaching girls with sanitation in Uganda’s schools

Success in Uganda, where our national coordinator advocates for MHM training and provisions in schools

Vitalité et santé menstruelle : rompre le silence

Pour la Journée de l’Hygiène Menstruelle de 2017, Archana Paktar du WSSCC associe dignité et fierté à la menstruation

#WSSCCArchives: Gender and WASH Studies in the WSSCC Library

Presenting the Council’s documents and reports on Gender and WASH

Promoting School WASH through the Global Sanitation Fund

The GSF works with schools and the broader education sector to achieve sustainable sanitation and hygiene for all

National Coordinators Promote Sanitation Through The Media

Our national coordinators are working with the media to promote sanitation and hygiene on national agendas

Labour Day 2017: Working Without WASH

On Labour Day, WSSCC’s Rockaya Aidara writes that attention must be drawn to WASH challenges for women in the workplace

National Policy Consultation Workshop on Menstrual Hygiene Management

The Nepalese Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation (MoWSS), in collaboration with WSSCC hosted a high-level Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Policy Consultation workshop to initiate the development of a policy framework on MHM in Nepal. Workshop process report.

Unlocking the power of women in Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS)

Submitted by our member Daniel Karanja, this story reveals how one woman took matters into her own hands to ensure that CLTS reached her home.

Women’s lack of access to sanitation hinders their participation in society...

Findings of a new UN Women/WSSCC study in Niger on MHM practices were presented at a side event during CSW61.

Les membres du WSSCC s’engagent à sensibiliser à la gestion de l’hygiène me...

Nos membres ont été parmi les premiers à mener avec succès des initiatives visant à lever les tabous et à promouvoir l’accès sûr et égal à l’assainissement et à l’hygiène

#IWD2017 Podcast from WSSCC’s hygiene partner SCA: Hygiene matters to every...

The podcast encourages discussion on menstrual and feminine hygiene issues and the right to sanitation for women and girls.

Putting the well-being of women first: how one WSSCC member is working to ...

WSSCC Member Daniel Iroegbu’s inspirational work is impacting the lives of women and girls in hard-to-reach areas of the country.

WSSCC Women’s Week 2017 – Social media package

Did you know that women, on average, menstruate 3,000 days in their lifetime? Join us in celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 by sharing our MHM factoid and our member story in English and in French.

Nepal’s Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation Commits to Break the Silenc...

The event included able and disabled women and girls, who traveled from many parts of Nepal to share their real-life experiences.

WSSCC Review and Management Response is now available

The review was undertaken by IFMR LEAD and managed for quality assurance by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation.

WSSCC achievements in 2016: paving the way for sanitation for all

WSSCC is working to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6.2, to provide sanitation and hygiene for all, and does this in a number of ways.

Field mission in Senegal highlights strengths and weaknesses of sanitation ...

The mission was to collect data to make proposals for a better integration of MHM into sanitation projects.

Information letter 9 – WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene an...

Highlighting the main points and events since the second half of the year (July to December 2016), this information letter focuses on: Highlighting strengths and weaknesses of sanitation programmes in Senegal, including sanitation expert findings, international norms and standards, concrete steps on how to improve MHM in refugee camps in Cameroon through observations within three […]

WSSCC and UN Women Joint Programme on how to respond to the sanitation need...

Sub-Saharan Africa alone hosts more than 29 per cent of the world’s displaced people, numbering more than 20 million people.

Advocating for Sanitation at Kenya Water Week

The first Kenya Water Week was held in Nairobi from 20-25 November 2016, with the theme “From Aid to Trade”.

Information letter 8 – WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene an...

Highlighting the main points and events since the beginning of this year (1 January), this information letter focuses on: responding to the situation of refugee women and girls in Cameroon and providing some recommendations; the Joint Programme featured at the 60th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women through a side event on […]

WSSCC draws attention to urban sanitation with side event at UN Habitat III

A panel of experts discussed equal access to sanitation and hygiene in public spaces.

Integrating Equity and Inclusion in Collective Behaviour Change under Swach...

WSSCC in partnership with WaterAid India organized a one-day consultation in Delhi that brought together a small, select group of collective behaviour change trainers and professionals working on equity issues, such as different kinds of disability, participation and MHM, so that together they could explore different ways of integrating equity and inclusion into the existing […]

WSSCC Menstrual Hygiene Management training in Kenya breaks silence on mens...

The workshop was the first national ToT and was attended by 77 participants.

Sustainability Forum in Uganda discusses a whole system approach to providi...

System approaches to ensure lasting WASH services were the highlight of this year’s WASH Sustainability Symposium.

WSSCC strategy consultation in Nepal: Think, Link and Ink!

Interactive sessions generated responses on the role that WSSCC can play to contribute to progress in the country.

WSSCC Policy Workshop in Senegal aims to integrate Menstrual Hygiene Manage...

The event in Dakar highlights the need to include MHM in government strategies.

Menstrual Hygiene Management, SDGs and the Private Sector – Women Deliver 2...

This cross-cutting session highlighted the issue of MHM and the importance of breaking taboos and fighting stigma through evidence-based approaches to unlock multiple benefits for women and girls.

Championing Menstrual Hygiene Management at Women Deliver 2016

WSSCC and its partners actively promoted MHM at the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen.

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2016 – WSSCC infographics

Did you know that women, on average, menstruate 3000 days in their lifetime? Join us in celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28 by sharing our MHM infographics in English and in French.

UN Women and WSSCC to Promote Menstrual Hygiene Management in Cameroon

UN Women and WSSCC are holding a five day workshop to train key stakeholders on MHM in Cameroon.

Breaking the Silence on Menstruation – Blog

Participants from over 25 countries learned how WSSCC breaks the silence on MHM at the Women Deliver conference 2016.

Nneoma Nwankwo named Virginia Tech’s Undergraduate Student of the Year

Ms. Nwankwo participated in a Menstrual Hygiene Management training organized by WSSCC last year.

Information letters – WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and...

WSSCC and UN Women issue a quarterly information letter on the Joint Programme on “Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation”.

Breaking the silence on menstrual hygiene management: training trainers in ...

This blog was written by Virginia Kamowa, Senior Programme Officer for Global Advocacy at WSSCC. For feedback and questions, please send an e-mail to Seventy-one participants from south India and Kenya have learnt how to train others on menstrual hygiene management (MHM), and also influence MHM policy and practice at all levels, thanks to […]

WSSCC and partners in action: Highlights from Global Handwashing Day 2015

Global Handwashing Day is the centerpiece of a week of activities that mobilize millions of people worldwide to wash their hands with soap. First launched by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing on 15 October 2008, Global Handwashing Day is now an annual event designed to raise awareness and foster the practice of handwashing with […]

WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation – Informat...

This information letter focuses on efforts in Niger to incorporate gender issues in new national strategy and policy processes; menstrual hygiene management (MHM) training for humanitarian actors working in refugee camps in Cameroon; highlights from World Water Week in Stockholm and Joint Programme actions to encourage the development of participatory and inclusive MHM training and […]

Cameroon: Experts warn of disease outbreak from poor menstrual hygiene

Bertoua, Cameroon: 2 October 2015. Field staff of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and a plethora of other Humanitarian experts working with female refugees from the Central African Republic in some seven refugee camps in eastern Cameroon have warned of a possible outbreak of vaginal infections […]

Menstrual Hygiene Practices, WASH Access and the Risk of Urogenital Infecti...

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) practices vary worldwide and depend on the individual’s socioeconomic status, personal preferences, local traditions and beliefs, and access to water and sanitation resources. MHM practices can be particularly unhygienic and inconvenient for girls and women in poorer settings. Little is known about whether unhygienic MHM practices increase a woman’s exposure to […]

Live webcast – Sanitation and Hygiene for Women and Girls in Africa: Transl...

Tomorrow, tune into West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) to follow the live webcast of the High Level Panel hosted by WSSCC and UN Women on Sanitation and Hygiene for Women and Girls in Africa.

WSSCC welcomes university students from Taiwan’s International Youth Ambass...

On Tuesday, 19 May, WSSCC welcomed four representatives of Taiwan’s International Youth Ambassador Exchange Program for a learning and sharing session on the issue of menstrual hygiene management (MHM).


WSSCC live at AfricaSan: our correspondents have it covered!

WSSCC — live from Africa’s biggest sanitation and hygiene event!

The Global Sanitation Fund programme in Senegal

Working across four regions, the programme is managed by AGETIP, a private non-profit entity established in Senegal.

The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Malawi

The ‘Accelerated Sanitation and Hygiene Practices Programme’ in Malawi supports national and post-2015 goals to eliminate open defecation.

The Global Sanitation Fund programme in Madagascar

‘Fonds d’Appui pour l’Assainissement’ (FAA) is the national programme supported by the GSF in Madagascar.

GSF Kenya Launch
The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Kenya

K-SHIP aims to help reduce the disease burden resulting from poor sanitation and hygiene, while helping to improve health outcomes in the country.

The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Ethiopia

ESHIP aims to scale up WASH improvement across rural communities to help achieve national WASH goals.

Menstrual Hygiene Management – WSSCC/UN Women Studies on Behaviour and Prac...

The three studies provide critical information about menstrual hygiene management knowledge & practices in Senegal and Cameroon.

The Great Aunt: WSSCC and SCA help Chinese girls to break menstrual taboos

The girls participated in an MHM training session organized by SCA and WSSCC through their public-private partnership on the issue.

Break the Silence – Factsheet in Chinese

Menstrual hygiene is still a taboo subject, neglected in adolescent girls’ and women’s health, education and quality of life. Even sectors such as water and sanitation, which routinely deal with unmentionables such as excreta, ignore girls’ and women’s need for safe spaces to manage menstrual hygiene and mechanisms for safe disposal of materials used to absorb menstrual blood.



WSSCC to participate in first National Menstrual Hygiene Management Confere...

the 2014 National Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Conference is being organised from 14 to 15 August 2014 at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

Kenyans celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28 May 2014

In Kenya, the Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrations were hosted by the County Governor and government of Tharaka Nithi.

Uganda celebrates Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28 May 2014

On 28 May 2014, Ugandans celebrated the launch of Menstrual Hygiene Day with a walk across the center of Kampala.

“Menstrual Hygiene in Schools” report published

The proceedings document is now available from a 2013 Menstrual Hygiene Management Virtual Conference organized by UNICEF and Columbia University.

Celebrating Womanhood, WSSCC Event, 8 March 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

Celebrating Womanhood: Menstrual Hygiene Management Event materials including: Programme, Speakers’ Biographies, MHM Handout and Final Report in English and French.

Final Report on the Nirmal Bharat Yatra

This report highlight WSSCC’s efforts associated with the adding of Menstrual Hygiene Management to the Nirmal Bharat Yatra – a carnival across the Indian heartland that also spread messages about hand washing and stopping open defecation. MHM Lab reached 12,000 women and girls directly through focus group discussions.

WSSCC Supports Indian Government Effort to Integrate Menstrual Hygiene in K...

The Government of India has approved a proposal to change the NBA guidlines, recognizing the importance of MHM.

WASH in schools empowers girls’ education – Proceedings of the Menstrual Hy...

Building on recommendations from the MHM 2012 virtual conference, the 2013 conference focused on the research tools and instruments being used to explore MHM barriers and practices and to evaluate the interventions being trialed or implemented in various contexts.

Engage with WSSCC on Menstrual Hygiene Management

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) has four pillars of work around Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM):

  • Advocacy and Communication
  • Policy and Research
  • Knowledge and Skills
  • Access and Use


BRIEFING NOTE – Evidence to Policy: The Great WASH Yatra and WSSCC’s 3-Pron...

In 2012, WSSCC designed and ran a Menstrual Hygiene Lab as part of the Great WASH Yatra that journeyed through five Indian states and 2,000km over 51 days. Twelve thousand girls and women took part in focus group discussions and WSSCC collected preliminary data from 747 participants. This document gives insight what the participants shared during the discussions and how the three-prong approach to MHM can help manage menstruation hygienically.

South Asian sanitation conference ends with call to be open defecation free...

The fifth SACOSAN conference –a government-led biennial convention held on a rotational basis in each of the eight countries off South Asia – concluded 24 October in Kathmandu, Nepal, with a call “to an open defecation free South Asia by 2023 and to progressively move towards sustainable environmental sanitation.”

WSSCC Rapport final de l’atelier sur l’équité et l’inclusion

On Friday the 13th of September 2013, participants from different sectors in Central and West Africa came together in Dakar, Senegal for a two-day training on Equity and Inclusion in Sanitation and Hygiene, conducted by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). During these two days, participants were able to share experiences from their countries, build capacity on of Equity and Inclusion in WASH particularly on how to use these concepts in practice and to discuss the relevance of various approaches in their country and professional context.

WSSCC Equity and Inclusion Training on Sanitation and Hygiene – Final Repo...

On Friday the 13th of September 2013, participants from different sectors in Central and West Africa came together in Dakar, Senegal for a two-day training on Equity and Inclusion in Sanitation and Hygiene, conducted by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). During these two days, participants were able to share experiences from their countries, build capacity on of Equity and Inclusion in WASH particularly on how to use these concepts in practice and to discuss the relevance of various approaches in their country and professional context.

WSSCC helps train Nepalese NGO workers on menstrual hygiene management appr...

On 19 October, two days before the official start of SACOSAN V, WSSCC and its partner Lumanti, led by its Executive Director Lajana Manandhar, led a “trainer the trainers” session on Menstrual Hygiene Management for some 30 representatives of Nepalese NGOs. The diverse group included 20 women and 10 men from all regions of the country. 


Menstrual Hygiene Management: Training of Master Trainers – New Delhi, Indi...

This report presents the main highlights and insights from the Training of Trainers (ToT) on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Programme, which was run by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) from September 24- 27, 2013 in New Delhi with the support of the Indian Institute of Public Administration. The first of its kind, […]

La gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle s’invite dans l’agenda des experts et d...

Depuis 2002, le travail du WSSCC sur l’émergente et importante question de la gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle (MHM) s’est concentré sur l’Asie du Sud. Avec la tenue d’un atelier sur le sujet à Dakar (Sénégal) les 13 et 14 Septembre 2013, l’organisation est maintenant en train d’élargir son champ d’action à l’Afrique de l’Ouest.


Putting menstrual hygiene management on the agenda of West and Central Afri...

Since 2012, WSSCC’s work with the important emerging issue of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) has focused on South Asia, but beginning with a 13-14 September 2013 workshop in Dakar, Senegal, this effort is now being broadened to West Africa.

Fiche d’information sur l’approche du WSSCC à la gestion de l’hygiène menst...

Engagez vous dans la gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle avec le WSSCC

Join WSSCC at the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 2...

With over 6,000 participants and 13 themes covering all aspects of women’s empowerment, Women Deliver is an exciting global initiative with high-level support from governments, companies, NGOs and United Nations entities worldwide. WSSCC will be highlighting the WASH sector’s important role in women’s empowerment and women’s health at Women Deliver and will convene cross-sector dialogue about Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM)- further breaking the silence and taboos surrounding this important issue.

A Systematic Review of the Health and Social Effects of Menstrual Hygiene M...

Menstruation is a natural and beneficial monthly occurrence in healthy adolescent girls and pre-menopausal adult women. It concerns women and men alike as it is among the key determinants of human reproduction and parenthood. Differing approaches to menstrual hygiene management (MHM) have been associated with a wide range of health and psycho-social outcomes in lower […]

Speech by Archana Patkar at the Nirmal Bharat Yatra launch

At a press conference on 28 September in Delhi, India, WSSCC’s Archana Patkar, Programme Manager for Networking and Knowledge Management, joined high-ranking public officials, Bollywood celebrities, sports stars and sanitation and hygiene professionals at a press conference to launch the Nirmal Bharat Yatra (NBY). Her speech is below.

Upcoming conference: Menstrual Hygiene Management through WASH in Schools

A virtual conference on Menstrual Hygiene Management through WASH in Schools will take place on 27 September. Organized by UNICEF the event will bring together those already working on MHM-related issues. Read more!

WSSCC supports International Women’s Day – Breaking the silence on Menstrua...

 International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on 8 March in many countries around the world as an occasion to globally recognize women’s achievements, as well as for observing and highlighting gender inequalities and issues that still persist. WSSCC highlights the plight of women and girls who continue to suffer the indignity of not having access to basic facilities during their menstruation.

New Research to Develop Menstrual Hygiene Guidelines for Practitioners

Menstrual hygiene is a much neglected issue within the water and sanitation sector and there are critical gaps in the body of evidence on menstrual hygiene, including a lack of systematic studies analyzing best practices in Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).