On December 11 2018, the MHM Practitioners’ Alliance Nepal, in collaboration with the Federal Government of Germany through the GIZ coordinated ‘Support to the Health Sector Programme (S2HSP)’, hosted a national workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The workshop ‘MenstruAction. No time to rest: Ensuring every girl can thrive on her period’, built upon the first national conference on adolescent health and development ’my Health. my Rights. our Future’, held in Nepal in 2016. It reflected on the achievements by the MHM Practitioners’ Alliance Nepal and asked how the different organisations in the alliance can better work together to improve menstrual health management in Nepal and globally. It brought together Nepal’s leading policymakers, practitioners, researchers, creators, private sector actors , adolescents, youth and the media. There were discussions on how to advance the agenda and what it will take to design and deliver effective menstrual health management and development packages, as a shared aspiration and responsibility for the future.

 

Find more information, such as photos, resources, and much more on  the event page : www.myhealthrightsfuture.com

Or on the Facebook-Page: https://www.facebook.com/myhealthrightsfuture/

 

 

The Menstrual Health Management (MHM) Practitioners’ Alliance Nepal

The MHM Practitioners’ Alliance Nepal is a national network founded in 2017 with over 50 organisational members covering around 80 initiatives. The Practitioners’ Alliance works on awareness/advocacy, education, policy development, innovation and research around menstrual health and hygiene in Nepal. It is an inter-sectoral, inter-professional, multi-stakeholder platform for the coordination and exchange of ideas aimed at engaging actors around MHM initiatives. The Alliance positions itself as an advisory network for the Government of Nepal and facilitates knowledge management for decision making, promoting the MHM agenda at national and sub-national levels.

German Cooperation improving menstrual health and dignity in Nepal
Since 2015, GIZ’s ‘Support to the Health Sector Programme’ has been working closely with the Government of Nepal to address menstrual health through interventions that include (among other strategies) school-based education and the manufacturing of reusable and disposable low-cost sanitary pads. Under the umbrella of both the Ministry of Health and Population and the Ministry of Education, this programme started with over 500 schools in the 14 districts most affected by the earthquake, as well as other districts in the Mid and Far West Development Regions. It aims to raise awareness and break down the taboos surrounding menstruation by training teachers and health workers to address these issues and by better educating both girls and boys about MHM. The programme teaches pupils how to make reusable sanitary pads and has assisted with the setting up of community-led social enterprises to produce ‘low cost’  sanitary pads and provide employment and income for local women.

 

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