MHM in Ten
In 2014, UNICEF and Columbia University organized the first MHM in Ten meeting, with the objective of mapping out a ten-year agenda (2014-2024) for MHM in schools. The meeting brought together a wide range of actors, including academics, donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, the private sector, advocacy organizations and national governments –from a variety of sectors, including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education, gender, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and adolescence. Participants shared a common vision, that in 2024, girls around the world are knowledgable about and comfortable with their menstruation, and are able to manage their menses in school in a comfortable, safe and dignified way. Five priorities were established in order to achieve this vision.
Columbia University has also collaborated with MHM in Ten colleagues from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine on the development of Monitoring and Evaluation tools for Global Challenges Canada. This includes the development of indicators, a theory of change and other relevant monitoring tools to be used for assessing the progress of organizations developing menstrual hygiene materials, innovations, and programs globally.
2014-2016 MHM in Ten Meeting Reports:
- Phillips-Howard, P.A., Caruso, B., Torondel, B., Zulaika, G., Sahin, M. & Sommer, M. (2016). Menstrual hygiene management among adolescent schoolgirls in low-and middle-income countries: research priorities. Global health action, 9(1), 33032.
- Sommer, M., Caruso, B., Sahin, M., Calderon, T., Cavill, S., Mahon, T., Phillips-Howard, PA. (2013). A Time for Global Action: Addressing Girls’ Menstrual Hygiene Management Needs in Schools. PLOS Medicine. 13(2): e1001962.