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Scaling up menstrual hygiene management

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posted on 2018-02-12, 15:11 authored by Samuel A. Kiiza, Jane Nyaketcho
Good menstrual hygiene is crucial for the health, education and the dignity of girls and women. The knowledge and ability of women and girls to manage their menstruation both hygienically and with dignity is fundamental to achieving gender equality. Improvements in Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) contribute to sustainable development goals 3, 4 and 6 specifically and are associated intricately to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities, knowledge and behaviors. The lack of information and gender friendly facilities at school, coupled with negative attitudes contributes to girls missing out on approximately 11% of school time in Uganda (IRC, 2013). Plan International Uganda utilizes multidimensional approach to galvanizing menstrual hygiene management focusing on private partnership to improve access to pads, income generation and improved MHM related knowledge, attitudes and practices. This paper aims to explain the project’s theory of change, implementation strategy and the ongoing evolution towards an MHM sustainable model.


We would like to extend our gratitude to our donors the Netherlands National Post Code Lottery, the ANCP (Australia) and the general public in Australia and the Netherlands who have financed the implementation of the MHM project in Uganda reaching out to the many girls, women, men and boys.



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KIIZA, S.A. and NYAKETCHO, J., 2017. Scaling up menstrual hygiene management. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Local action with international cooperation to improve and sustain water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services: Proceedings of the 40th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 24-28 July 2017, Paper 2657, 6pp.


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