Development of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) kits as a culturally appropriate and effective relief item for emergencies, complemented by improvement and scale-up of training and participatory hygiene promotion tools related to MHM.
Through evidence based trials, the appropriateness, acceptability and value of MHM kits (both disposable and reusable types) will be determined.
A key outcome will be acceptance of the MHM kits as a standard humanitarian relief item. This could support the broader WASH sector to make decisions regarding the inclusion of appropriate MHM items into relief non food items (NFIs).
Despite increasing attention to the MHM needs of adolescent girls and women and acknowledgement of the crucial role that it plays around issues such as dignity, gender-based violence, education and hygiene and health, MHM continues to be overlooked and not effectively or comprehensively addressed in post-conflict and disaster settings.
To date, no humanitarian agency has developed and field tested a comprehensive relief item specifically for menstrual hygiene management. The MHM kit enables safe and hygienic management of the menstrual flow. There are two type types of MHM kit developed – disposable and reusable.
Pioneering work to analyse and improve local procurement, pre-positioning and distribution of culturally appropriate hygiene and dignity related relief items is crucial and overdue.
A key output will be the MHM Kit A (disposable pads) and Kit B (reusable pads) being adopted as a standard emergency humanitarian relief item, and included on the Red Cross/Red Crescent Emergency Relief Items Catalogue. This will be based on evidence following the trial of the menstrual hygiene management kits in 3 different emergency contexts in the Eastern Africa region.
Improved knowledge and capacity to incorporate menstrual hygiene management into WASH emergency response activities will be achieved by the MHM curriculum being adapted to the RC/RC context and rolled out into national and regional level WASH trainings for emergency preparedness and response.
Results and outcomes of this MHM operational research will be documented and shared with wider WASH partners through continuous monitoring, case studies and a final evaluation of the project.
The IFRC’s project aims to scale-up appropriate and effective tools for MHM in an emergency context – including the trial of MHM Kits as a relief item in three different contexts.View
This final project report provides information on the project methodology, activities, outputs, impact and dissemination of learning.View
Women and girls have menstrual hygiene needs from day 1 of a disaster or emergency, and MHM is not something that can wait or only be addressed once the humanitarian situation is ‘more stable’.View
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