What is the difference between the Menstrual Health Hub and Madami?
The MH Hub is a knowledge and networking platform that unites and strengthens the global menstrual community. The platform provides an online space to connect with those working on menstrual and female health, and hosts free access to a database of relevant menstrual health resources around research, education, policy and innovations. The three aims of the Menstrual Health Hub are to: (1) convene the global MH community to advance joint advocacy efforts and facilitate connection, communication and knowledge-sharing, (2) build a cross-sectoral and accessible MH evidence base to inform approaches and (3) professionalize and strengthen the female health sector as a whole. The MH Hub is a product of Madami, our social impact agency specialized in gender, menstrual and female health expertise. Our work focuses on bridging the gap between the public and private sector to design, catalyze and strengthen solutions that improve the health outcomes of women and girls*.. We do this through strategic consulting services, social impact projects and our knowledge and networking platform, the Menstrual Health Hub (MH Hub).
What is the global menstrual health community?
The global menstrual health community are all individuals and organizations working on menstrual health, menstrual hygiene, menstrual equity, and period poverty, but also on adolescent girls’ development, WASH, female health, and gender equality, and human rights. This community works with the conviction of knowing that the menstrual cycle is the most critical entry point to improving female health across the lifecycle. From Nairobi to North Carolina, the ‘Period Warriors of the World’ are a diverse global community of local feminist leaders and enterprising people who wake up every single day to continue breaking the menstrual taboo. They’re normalizing periods in classrooms, in boardrooms, in city hall, on the streets, on social media - and even in Zoom calls. Among them are international NGOs, grassroots organizations, researchers, policy makers, health workers, educators, investors, donors, corporations, social entrepreneurs, femtech companies, journalists and individual advocates.
Why should my organization join?
Using the Menstrual Health Hub gives you and your organization great benefits, such as the possibility to growing your network and strengthening in unity. You can enhance your network by discovering new partners, working together to improve female health through a shared vision, You can gain more visibility, increase your exposure and profile your work, We offer new opportunities tailored to your specific needs, expertise or area of work, The platform allows you increased social impact and growth of your own and our global menstrual community. You gain free access to a curated database of trustworthy resources and information around menstrual health research, education, policy and innovation.
How do I sign up?
Go to www.mhhub.org and click on ‘Sign up!’ in the upper right corner. Check your email to confirm registration. When you log-in with your new account, add your first and last name, location and fill out a description about what you do. On the Community Platform page two options are listed: ‘Here as an individual user?’ or ‘Here on behalf of an organization?’. In the Organization overview, you can search for your organization by typing in the first few letters. When you find it, click on it. On the left side, click on the button ‘I work for this’. A window will open. Write us a short message that asks us to make you admin. Click apply. Our team will confirm your request with a confirmation email and transfer admin status with you within 24 hours. Hooray, now you’re an admin! (after we’ve confirmed your mail!). Now when you log-in, you will be able to see when you click the people icon on the top right, your organization in the drop-down menu. Now that you are an admin, it’s time to review, edit and complete your organization’s official MH Hub profile. Towards the bottom of your profile are two really important areas that will enable us to match you with other users or organizations! Your individual profile allows you to offer your skills or expertise to others in the global menstrual health community! As other organizations also begin to claim and update their profiles, you will be able to explore the many members of our network’s profiles (users and organizations!) and make direct contact with them if you’d like. Now that you have a log-in and a profile, it’s time to start exploring! If you have ay questions about this process, do contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I contact other organizations?
As a user or on behalf of your organization, you can browse the MH Hub’s extensive database that includes profiles of all the other platform users and those of over 900+ organizations working with female- and menstrual health. On each user- and organization page, you can find a contact button which allows you to send a direct message to that person or organization.
How long do I have to wait until my organization is claimed?
If you are working for one of the organizations that already has a profile on the MH Hub platform, you can claim that organization by clicking on the ‘make me an organization admin’ button on it’s profile. Once our team has confirmed this is your organization, we give you the mandate to manage that organization and organization profile. This allows you to update the organization profile and navigate the platform on behalf of your organization. We strive to do this as soon as possible, please bear in mind that due to the amount of admin requests this can take up to 1 or 2 business days.
I am not a menstrual health professional. Can I still join the Menstrual Health Hub?
Yes! You can register for the platform as a user without being affiliated to an organization. Register as an individual! The Menstrual Health Hub is accessible to everyone, and we encourage all those interested in menstrual and female health to explore the platform. The platform provides an online space to connect with those working on menstrual and female health, and hosts a free access large database of relevant menstrual health resources.
Are there any costs associated with the sign-up?
No, the Menstrual Health Hub is completely free for you to use. We know how hard period warriors around the world work and how underfunded this sector is, which is why make our services accessible to all menstrual and female health organizations worldwide. Like what we do? Donate or get in contact to become a sponsor of the Menstrual Health Hub..
What do you do with all the data you collect?
Do you work on other issues besides menstrual health?
Yes, but we believe the menstrual cycle is the essential important entry point and the most valuable lens for understanding the unique and interconnected health needs that exist across the lifecycle of those who menstruate. It is connected to sexual and reproductive rights, as well as hormonal health, fertility, pelvic health, maternal health, sexual education, holistic wellness, and menopause among others. Good menstrual health is essential to achieving gender equality and human rights because it empowers women* to take control of their bodies and their lives. Menstrual health matters so many other important areas of women*’s experiences - sexual and reproductive health and rights, child marriage, adolescent pregnancy, motherhood, abortions, access to education, female genital mutilation, gender-based violence and work and economic empowerment. When striving to eliminate all forms of discrimination, menstrual health needs to be secured for people to truly reach their full potential.