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Menstrual Hygiene Day 2019 #ItsTimeForAction

MH day

Improved and sustainable Menstrual Health Management has great impact on several of the Sustainable Development Goals, including: Good health and well-being, Gender equality, Quality education, Sustainable cities and communities, and Clean water and sanitation.
On the 28th of May we join the commemoration of the Menstrual Hygiene day to highlight the importance of improved and sustainable MHM. During MH day LUCSUS researcher Sara Gabrielsson participates in a stakeholder dialogue in Dodoma (Tanzania) to advocate and create awareness among policy makers on improving Menstrual Hygiene Management.

Sara Gabrielsson has been doing research and building capacity on Menstrual Health Management (MHM) in Sub-Saharan Africa for several year. On MH day she will participate in discussions with high level leaders, members of parliament, women, girls and the public to advocat and create awareness among policy makers on improving Menstrual Hygiene Management. During the event there will be a film screening of ”Breaking the Silence”, a short film based on her research on MHM in rural Tanzania. The film gives you glimpse of what the challenges of having menstruation looks like for many girls in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa and across the globe. 

The event is organised by the Tanzanian Menstrual Health Management (MHM) coalition that started 2 years ago by Sara Gabrielsson and the University of Dar es Salaam. The network now consists of 140 organizations (NGO’s, multilaterals, private companies, media companies, CBOs) working on MHM across Tanzania.

Find out more about Sara Gabrielsson’s research here


Watch the video "Breaking the Silence"



Sara Gabrielsson at the Stakeholder dialogue on Menstrual Health Management in Dodoma, Tanzania during MH day 2019.

Sara Gabrielsson MH day

About MH Day


Poor menstrual hygiene caused by a lack of education on the issue, persisting taboos and stigma, limited access to hygienic menstrual products and poor sanitation infrastructure undermines the educational opportunities, health and overall social status of women and girls around the world. As a result, millions of women and girls are kept from reaching their full potential.

Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) is a global advocacy platform that brings together the voices and actions of non-profits, government agencies, individuals, the private sector and the media to promote good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for all women and girls. More specifically, MH Day:

  • breaks the silence, raises awareness and changes negative social norms around MHM, and
  • engages decision-makers to increase the political priority and catalyse action for MHM, at global, national and local levels.


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