Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
In some countries like Madagascar, menstruation is considered as shameful and dirty. Natural materials such as mud, leaves, dung or animal skins are used to manage the menstrual flow. Insufficient access to safe and private toilets, lack of clean water and soap for personal hygiene. Facing long-standing social stigmas, several women and girls become isolated from family, friends, and their communities. Thus fall behind their male counterparts.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
Investigating: beliefs, literatures, policies associated with MHM. Conduct discussions on MHM to academic and professional entities. Explain about MHM, ask participants to identify challenges with MHM and ensure to gather their ideas for how MHM can be improved. Debrief after each visit and compile the major challenges and solutions proposed. Make available menstrual materials include disposable options: sanitary napkins, handmade pads, soft cups, pads, etc. Design and sell reusable options include: cloths, handmade pads. Availability of service for health, hygiene, and nutrition services: pain medications available in first aid kits, resting place to those feeling unwell, referrals to health clinics for additional health information.
A winning project from the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2015 project competition organized by the U.S. Department of State.