Making the Case for Investing in Menstrual Health and Hygiene

January 2021

This practical resource provides a comprehensive case for both why and how to fund/invest in Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) for the improvement of women’s and girls’ health and well-being. MHH is a human rights’ issue, supports the achievement of several SDGs, and is essential to advancing gender equality. There is a growing base of evidence that supports investing in MHH, showing how it can positively impact several aspects of women and girls lives, such as improvement of economic benefits, participation in education, empowerment, health, and mental health.

There is increased interest and progress in MHH; however, the funding to MHH does not yet match the needs of millions of women and girls worldwide who face restrictions and limitations to manage their menstruation with dignity and safety. This investment case provides:

  • A comprehensive analysis of the critical barriers to funding and investment
  • An overview of progress made so far in terms of investment and areas of work within MHH,
  • A framework to guide investment, programming, lobby and advocacy, and research from a multi-sectoral approach
  • Recommendations on how to implement and adapt the framework to varying contexts.

Also available in French and Spanish

Additional details

PublisherWASH United, Simavi, The Case for Her, Global Menstrual Collective & Population Services International
ThemesGender, Government leadership, Menstrual health and hygiene, Sustainability and safely managed sanitation
ApproachesContext specific and adaptive approaches

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