For girls to manage their periods safely, hygienically and without shame they need a basic understanding of what menstruation is and how to handle it. Unfortunately, millions of girls lack access to even minimal information on menstruation.
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Check out these additional resources to help you get started!
The MHM Education Guide is so easy to use that no prior training or MHM expertise is required. However, for those of you looking for more support, we have developed some additional resources to help you get started using the MHM Education Guide in your projects. Read on to learn more about the videos, webinars and other materials that will build your capacity to use the MHM Education Guide to educate, empower and engage girls on MHM.
MHM Education Guide video: Tips on how to deliver a great training
Training tips video
Capacity building webinars
Online capacity building webinars
While the MHM Education Guide is so easy to use that no prior training is required, we still offer online capacity building webinars to everyone who signed up for the free standard package. These webinars are intended for trainers and programme staff who will be using the Guide, and who are looking for pracitcal training tips and additional guidance on implementing the activities in the Guide. Check out a recording of a past webinar or sign up for an upcoming webinar!
Capacity building webinar
MHM Education Guide for South Asia
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This capacity building webinar focuses on "Ruby's World", the MHM Education Guide for South Asia. During the webinar, we take you through the chapters and activities of Ruby's World and provide general tips to help you make the training sessions fun and engaging for girls. We also discuss reporting and additional resources to help you implement the Guide.
Capacity building webinar
MHM Education Guide for Sub-Saharan Africa
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This capacity building webinar focuses on "Rosie's World", the MHM Education Guide for Sub-Saharan Africa. During the webinar, we take you through the chapters and activities of Rosie's World and provide general tips to help you make the training sessions fun and engaging for girls. We also discuss reporting and additional resources to help you implement the Guide.
Upcoming capacity building webinars
If you've signed up to use the MHM Education Guide in your project and are looking for more tips on how to lead an impactful training using the Guide, please sign up to take part in the next free online capacity building session. Please make sure to sign up for the region that matches your project location.
For all users of Rosie's World
Capacity Building Webinar on the MHM Education Guide for Sub-Saharan Africa
In English August 23, 2022 / 1-2:30 pm GMT
In French August 25, 2022 / 1-2:30 pm GMT
For all users of Ruby's World
Capacity Building Webinar on the MHM Education Guide for South Asia
August 23, 2022 / 9-10:30 am GMT
Headline webinar schedule
The MHM Education Guide makes it easier than ever to conduct MHM trainings – even if you have no prior experience. Are you interested? Check out the free preview version if you'd like to learn more about the Guide, but are not yet ready to use it in an actual project!
MHM Master Trainers
Introducing the MHM Master Trainers
Our Master Trainers are a group of people who know everything there is to know about the MHM Education Guide. Most of them have professional backgrounds in MHM and/or drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Their role is to train others to use the Guide in MHM education programmes, and to support organisations as they integrate the Guide into their work. The Trainers are currently based in South Asia and East Africa, but we will be establishing more in other regions soon.
Organisation: Kaboom Social Impact Private Limited
Location: New Delhi – Faridabad, India
Languages: English and Hindi
Kinjal is a communications enthusiast with a degree in development communication from Jamia. She has issue-specific expertise on MHM and has played a major role in developing content using HCD tools for India and Sub-Saharan Africa. Kinjal is not afraid to get her hands dirty and travels extensively in India to build the capacity to spread MHM awareness and education.
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Languages: English, Chichewa, Nyanja
Ackissah is a girl guide and menstruation activist who directly supports the delivery of the Red Pride MHM initiative with WAGGGS and the YESS Girls Movement. She is someone with an intrinsic passion for advocating and voicing issues on the topic of MHM both locally and internationally. Previously she participated in the 58th Commission on the Status of Women as a Malawian youth delegate. She holds an advanced certificate in business administration and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in the same subject.
Location: Kisumu, Kenya
Languages: English, Swahili
Steve is a skilled public health professional with significant experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of WASH and MHM programmes. He has worked in technical support in the WASH sector, and as a trainer in WASH and MHM programmes in the public and private sectors in East Africa. He has a bachelor's degree in public health.
Ines Binwa Dz'ko
Location: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ines has been a doctor for five years and has worked in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights including menstrual health, gender-based violence and reproductive health.
Organisation: Splash International
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Languages: English and Amharic
Bellen has approximately ten years' of experience in the field of public health. She has worked with Splash International in Ethiopia as a menstrual health programme coordinator since 2019, and as such she leads menstrual health programmes designed for school WASH programmes. She has a master's degree in public health.
Organisation: Moving the Goalposts
Location: Kilifi, Kenya
Languages: English and Swahili
Winnie is a public health and development professional with over six years’ experience in coordinating and implementing WASH, MHM and SRHR programmes in East Africa. She has experience in building the capacity of organisations and schools through training sessions and implementing MHM programmes. She has developed and implemented MHM programmes in humanitarian contexts such as the Kakuma refugee camp, and has trained 40 sports for development organisations from East Africa on MHM.
We are in the process of developing additional resources to help you use the MHM Education Guide to educate, empower and engage girls. As these resources become available, we will post them here. For now, you can find a document that provides recommendations on how to implement the MHM Education Guide when there are Covid-19 restrictions in place.
How to use the MHM Education Guide when facing COVID-19 restrictions
Frequently asked questions
What other language versions of the Guide will be available soon?
Versions of the Guide in the following languages are in the process of being finalised and will be available soon: Amharic and Oromo (Ehtiopia); Nepali (Nepal); and Kinyarwanda (Rwanda). Please contact us if you are interested in using one of these language version.
The MHM Education Guide is not available in my language. What should I do?
You can sign up for our Custom Package and we can work on a translated version of the Guide for you.
The MHM Education Guide is not culturally appropriate for my country. What should I do?
You can sign up for our Custom Package and we can customise and/or adjust the content and design as per your requirements.
Can we use the MHM Education Guide with boys?
The Guide was designed especially with and for girls. It has not been tested and used with boys, so we cannot recommend using it with boys at this time.
Can we use the MHM Education Guide with adults?
The Guide has been designed specifically for girls ages 9 to 17. We do not recommend using this guide with adults.
Can I add a pad making workshop to the MHM Education Guide sessions?
Yes! This can be a valuable extension to the training. We strongly recommend going through the Guide first, and then adding this extra activity.
What are the expectations of the implementers using the MHM Education Guide?
If you use the Guide, no matter which package you sign up for, you are required to:
- tell us about your MHM education project and its results in a short survey that we will send you at the end of your project;
- give us your valuable input and feedback on the Guide, so that we can improve and update the Guide in the future.
Please also review the Terms and Conditions document for more information (link here).
Does WASH United provide financial support for implementation?
To make the Guide affordable for any organisation and/or individual, it was specifically designed to minimise implementation costs. The printing and materials needed cost less than USD 5 per school. WASH United is not in a position to provide financial support for the implementation of the Guide.
Why is there a cost associated with the "indvidudal support package" and the "custom package"?
WASH United is a non-profit organisation. We do not make any profit from the MHM Education Guide. The "individual support package" and the "custom package" create expenses on our side that we need to cover.
How many people from my organisation can sign up for the public capacity building webinar?
While there is no limit to the total number of participants, we recommend not more than 5 people from an organisation join the webinar. The webinar is designed for MHM programme staff and trainers.
Does WASH United provide on the ground/in-person training?
WASH United has trained Master Trainers in India and East Africa that can provide in-person training of trainers on the Guide for your organisation. Please note that your organisation will need to cover the costs of such trainings. Please click on "Request quote" to get in touch, if you are interested in this type of training.
What is the difference between Ruby's World and Rosie's World?
Ruby's World was developed together with teachers and girls in India through a user-centered design approach. The language, cultural references and activities are tailored specifically to the needs of girls in South Asia. Rosie's World was adapted from Ruby's World for the Sub-Saharan African context. WASH United also applied a user-centered design approach for this adaptation and partnered with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from WAGGGS to test and adjust the Guide. While the story is essentially the same in both versions, the language, cultural references and even some activities in Rosie's World have been adjusted to better suit the Sub-Saharan African context.
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