Dear Partners of  the MH Alliance,

Thanks again to everyone who joined the webinar on 10. February! It was great to get your ideas and feedback.
The presentation can be downloaded here (8,5 MB).  For those who missed the chance to join, do not worry, here is a
 quick take-away and the next steps:

  • The annual theme will be “education (and positive attitude)”.The Secretariat will now look for a corresponding slogan (by mid March)
  • Around the theme will now start to create MH Day materials– and let you know once available (hope by early April)
  • If you want to help translate into your local language, let us know!
  • If you have great stories from your work around the theme of education, please let us know, too!
All updates will be communicated through the newsletter and our Facebook page.
If you have more time to read, continue below after announcements of new resources and free webinars that could be of interest for you. 
Yours, Ina
New resources online

Brand new publications online!
You can now find the proceedings of the '5th Annual Virtual Conference on Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools' and the  'MHM in Ten' meeting report in the resource section of our website.

Announcement: Free online courses / webinars
On March 2nd, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council will host the first in a series of four webinars for 2017. This session will discuss the psychological, social, and health impacts of sanitation routines among women of reproductive age in urban slums, rural villages and indigenous villages.

Please register here:
The University of Melbourne via Coursera will be offering a free online course in global adolescent health, starting on Monday, March 6, 2017. This course is an eight-week course, is free of charge, but you must register to access the course materials.

Please register here
Webinar summary: Planning for MH Day 2017
For annual theme/ slogan we started by considering the aspects that are currently mostly discussed around MHM. These are Education | Silence/Taboo | Access and Empowerment in general.  We aim to find a topic/ slogan that is not too broad, can link to global and national policy processes and ideally have an ASK and/or ACTION.  Overall, it has been suggested to take a positive approach and to stress what we are FOR rather than what we are AGAINST and moreover involves people in cross-cutting fields (such as HIV, environmental health), as menstruation matters to EVERYONE (Joy Lynn Alegarbes from New York).
The discussion in the
 webinar, showed that education and attitude remain the important aspects of improving menstrual hygiene management worldwide Chella Quint from Sheffield, UK; Ida Horner; Joy Lynn Alegarbes from New York; Loren (Diesi). from Oakland, CA; Monisha Cooper and Menstrual Health Hub (MH Hub) from Berlin) The proposed slogan  “keep girls in schools” however, was perceived as oversimplified: while MHM is a cause for girls drop-out, there is not yet sufficient evidence that MHM interventions do contribute to keeping girls in schools (Amelia Barthett from St Petersburg, FL USA; Arundati Muralidharan from New Delhi; Chella Quint from Sheffield, UK; Ida Horne and Sanjog Thakuri from Nepal). Therefore the slogan should underline more the importance of education and attitude change for the empowerment of women and girls and improvement of hygiene practices, etc. Overall, this will also correspond to the high interest in involving the government with specific regard to providing education to girls and changing social norms.
  • The annual theme will be “education and attitude”, but the Secretariat will now look for a better corresponding slogan! If you have a good idea, please let us know!
We should always keep in mind that the implications of menstrual hygiene management are diverse and so are the solutions (Menstrual Health Hub (MH Hub) from Berlin and Sarah Fox from Zimbabwe).

What you can expect from the secretariat is a content package around the annual theme including global facts,  global media work, the maintenance of the website featuring all events and compilation of the global MH Day report. Additional suggestions around the content package included a pledge wall to make results of events visible, statistics and facts for speeches, social media graphics, and statements. We will start now in March to create the content package  – and let you know once available!
To profit from the MH Day Alliance network, we will connect soon all partners locally so you can create collaboration in your own country, and find a way to share your results (content and quantitative results to make growth and improvement visible.
What can you do to help MH Day grow? Of
course, we hope you create an exciting event on and offline, for which you can use and adapt the content, work with media, and “localize” the global perspective and facts. And of course let us know your event results and share information with us. For the preparation of MH Day we always look for support in translations of all materials in any languages (Wamina committed to translating materials to Portuguese! Thank you!). Share any other of your IEC materials that can be helpful to others, so we can upload in the resource section.
Hope you liked the updates! If you have any questions, comments or ideas let us know! or
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