Policy

About:

In addition to dropping its import tax on female sanitary products in 2011, the Kenyan government has been very active in addressing menstrual health and hygiene

Country

Kenya

Region

Organisation Location

National

Date of Introduction

On-going

Status of Policy

Introduced

Specific Person/s

Margaret Kasiko, Minister of Education and Sports

Description

In addition to dropping its import tax on female sanitary products in 2011, (helping to reduce costs by 18%) the Kenyan government has been very active in addressing menstrual health and hygiene via stakeholder conventions ans policy mechanisms and the Ministry of Health (MoH) is currently leading a collaborative process to draft national MHM guidelines. Sitting within a larger WASH-focused Interagency Coordinating Committee, an MHM subcommittee developed the national guidelines in partnership with a team of consultants to produce a situational analysis of MHM, a policy analysis, and an MHM policy and strategy document by the end of Q1 2016. The MoH has introduced a health prevention focus to the guidelines, which has been bolstered by deep representation from the WASH and MHM product sectors. Expected to have been completed by May 2016, the current priorities include creating minimal standards for MHM programming, establishing standards for reusable products, and building consistent messaging. In May 2017, the Ministry of Health and other key stakeholders convened a national event in Kwale County organized by WASH United focused on opening up the discussion about taboos and challenges related to MHM.