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Menstrual Hygiene Matters Training Guide for Practitioners

by Sue Cavill; Therese Mahon

Apr 25, 2017

Menstruation is a natural process but it is rarely talked about because of cultural taboos. Menstrual hygiene – how to manage menstruation safely and with dignity – has also been largely neglected by the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector and others focusing on reproductive health and education. As a result, the menstrual hygiene challenges faced by women and girls are made even more difficult, and millions continue to be denied their rights to WASH, health, education, dignity and gender equity.

One of the first steps required to address menstrual hygiene in development programmes is to build the confidence and competence of development practitioners to integrate MHM into their work and programmes. This training guide presents a range of sessions that have been developed and tested by WaterAid in our own country programmes, with staff, local partners and other INGOs, as well as at international training forums and conferences. The sessions in this guide explore the key issues and components of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) programmes.