London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine / United Nations Children’s Fund / University of Malawi - The Polytechnic / Asian Institute of Public Health / Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit

Menstrual Hygiene Management: From health and social impacts to action

Thursday 30 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: FH 202
Not only is Menstrual Hygiene Management essential to meet the basic human rights of women and girls around the world, but evidence also points towards the impact of MHM on health, psycho-social and educational outcomes. Adolescent girls risk missing school during their menstrual period because they lack water, sanitation, or waste management services.

This session will be split into three. First, presentations from researchers in the field will address keyhealth, social and psychosocial impacts of MHM, as well as unpacking issues around hardware, such as why people use specific absorbents. Second, UNICEF will present a framework for MHM in school programme design and preliminary results, as a lead implementation agency in the field. Third, a panel of experts will share perspectives/experiences and reflect on how the session content might inform policy and practice going forward.
Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.

Programme

Kelly Ann Naylor, Global Chief of WASH, UNICEF to provide opening remarks 

Presentations:   

1. DR. BELEN TORONDEL (LSHTM) - Health impact: The impact of MHM on reproductive tract infections

2.DR. CHRISTABEL YOLLANDAH KAMBALA (MEIRU) Hardware: Understanding the types of absorbent interventions used in communities and schools and their acceptability in Malawi

3. BROOKE YAMAKOSHI (UNICEF) - From evidence to action: Presentation of a framework for MHM in school programme design and early implementation results.

Panel discussion and audience Q&A: To share perspectives/experiences and reflect on how the session content might inform policy and practice going forward.  

• Honorable Patrick Yaw Boamah, Deputy Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation Ghana, Republic of Ghana

• Tom Slaymaker, UNICEF 

• Hashim Kham, GIZ

Closing remarks by Catarina de Albuquerque