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Menstrual Hygiene Matters. Training guide for practitioners

Author: Therese Mahon, Sue Cavill
Publisher: Wateraid
Publication Date: Jan 2015

Menstruation is a natural process but it is rarely talked about because of cultural taboos. Menstrual hygiene – how to manage menstruation safely and with dignity – has also been largely neglected by the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector and others focusing on reproductive health and education. As a result, the menstrual hygiene challenges faced by women and girls are made even more difficult, and millions continue to be denied their rights to WASH, health, education, dignity and gender equity. Developed by WaterAid in collaboration with SHARE, this new training guide is the latest contribution to building the knowledge base around MHM and raising awareness of the issue globally. It seeks to support facilitators with tools to develop and facilitate sessions or workshops on MHM amongst development practitioners. This training guide includes eight session plans, each with a facilitation guide, four handouts, two PowerPoint presentations and two short films. Each of the session plans presents the purpose, key learning points, time required, tips for room layout, materials required, methodology, session outline with breakdown of timings, key messages, and notes and references. The accompanying facilitation guides provide a step by step walk through how to facilitate the session, with tips, questions to prompt discussion and key messages.

The training guide and its various components were tested by WaterAid in its country programmes, with local staff and (I)NGOs, and at international training forums and conferences.

It is currently in draft form and feedback is welcome. The final version will be out soon.

Summary adapted from source.