By Minhtam Tran, Education Intern, Menstrual Health Hub
Within the growing field of Menstrual Health & Hygiene (MHH), it is of the utmost importance to pool existing resources and evaluate the research that has already been produced. By utilizing lessons from other researchers and educational initiatives, we create space for continued progress and more success, as opposed to duplicating efforts and moving in circles.
This practice of learning from others to improve and advance female health is a core tenant of the Menstrual Health Hub, and a crucial part of ensuring shared learning is through events, events such as the UNICEF MHM Virtual Conference.
The MHM Virtual Conference is a yearly event that facilitates the global exchange of knowledge and learnings around MHH development interventions, which are historically delivered in WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) in Schools (known as WinS) in low-to-middle income countries. Intended to foster greater collaboration and resource exchange, the virtual conference started in 2012 as a collaboration between UNICEF and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Starting in 2014, the conference had focused on the ‘MHM in Ten’, a set five of priorities to achieve in 10 years related to the integration of MHH into WinS, whereby: “In 2024, girls around the world are knowledgeable about and comfortable with their menstruation, and are able to manage their menses in school in a comfortable, safe and dignified way.”
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