The menstrual hygiene (MH) snapshots series developed by WaterAid and UNICEF provides an update on MH programming in WASH in Schools in South Asia. This is the 2021 updates to the initial series from 2018.

The 2018-2020 country snapshots reveal that across the region significant experience has been gained in implementing effective WASH in Schools (WinS) programmes. Progress in the region includes: integrating menstrual hygiene (MH) into national policies; costed plans and strategies; active multi-stakeholder coalitions and alliances; advocacy has influenced MH decision-making (including tax removal on pads); MH studies; and research. A number of resources and guidance has been produced including MH books, guidelines, and toolkits; training for teachers; affordable and accessible menstrual materials; and improved WinS.

The Regional Synthesis Report provides a summary of the status of menstrual hygiene (MH) in schools in South Asia. It describes the context for MH in schools and progress in the implementation of MH services since 2018. It identifies progress and gaps in achieving sustainable and inclusive MH services in schools at scale and draws together opportunities for further promoting and mainstreaming MH in schools in South Asia.

Country snapshots highlight detailed programming achievements over the last 2 years, incl. MH in COVID-19 response. Click on the image to download the respective country snapshot.

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