Menstrual hygiene matters

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Menstrual hygiene
Julianna, hangs up her cotton sanitary towels to dry after washing them, these are given to young girls and women in the community as part of a hygiene awareness project in Morondavo, Madagascar. WaterAid/Kate Holt

'Menstrual hygiene matters' is an essential resource for improving menstrual hygiene for women and girls in lower and middle-income countries.

To manage menstruation hygienically and with dignity, it is essential that women and girls have access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, but its currently a neglected issue. 

The nine modules and tools in Menstrual hygiene matters cover key aspects of menstrual hygiene in different settings, including communities, schools and emergencies.

This comprehensive resource:

  • Brings together examples of good menstrual hygiene practice from around the world 
  • Provides guidance on building competence and confidence to break the silence surrounding the issue 
  • Encourages increased engagement in advocacy on menstrual hygiene

In her foreword, Catarina De Albuquerque, UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, states:

This resource brings together, for the first time, accurate, straightforward, non-judgemental knowledge and practice on menstrual hygiene programming from around the world to encourage the development of comprehensive and context-specific approaches to menstrual hygiene.

Menstrual hygiene training materials