Adequate and validated indicators are essential for tracking progress on addressing menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) as an important health, education, gender equality, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issue. A group of MHH experts from Columbia University, the Burnet Institute, Emory University, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Save the Children, and WaterAid initiated a collaborative effort in partnership with monitoring and measurement experts globally and at country level. This effort seeks to identify, develop, and promote uptake of indicators with related measures to enable future validation across contexts and to support national and global monitoring. To date, this initiative has focused on the menstruation-related issues impacting girls in and out of school, as they represent the population for which there exists the strongest existing body of evidence.
- Guidance: Priority List of Indicators for Girls' MHH: Technical Guidance for National Monitoring
- Guidance: Integrating MHH Indicators into Research and Program Monitoring
- Green Paper (2019): Monitoring MHH: Measuring Progress for Girls on Menstruation
- Article (2021): How addressing menstrual health and hygiene may enable progress across the Sustainable Development Goals, Global Health Action, 14:1.
To date, this initiative is comprised of three phases: Phase 1 (completed) assessed MHH measurement priorities across relevant sectors, Phase 2 (completed) identified priority MHH indicators for national-level monitoring in partnership with exemplar countries, and Phase 3 (ongoing) is focused on the dissemination and uptake of the indicators to enable validation across contexts and to strengthen national and global monitoring of MHH for increased action: