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Menstruation: a forgotten development issue


Menstruation: a forgotten development issue

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is a topic that has been overlooked for decades. MHM can have a big impact on the health of girls and women and on other psychosocial outcomes. For women in low resource settings managing their periods presents a real challenge. Poor sanitation and water access, poor menstrual material access and compromised hygiene behaviours may increase a women’s susceptibility to infection, violence and other psychosocial outcomes. To mark International Women’s Day we want to shine a light on this topic with presentations from three LSHTM researchers.

Belen Torondel: Menstrual Hygiene Management - Overview

Clare Tanton: Menstruation and school absenteeism in Uganda – the Meniscus Study

Jane Wilbur - Menstruation and disability


About the speakers:

Belen Torondel is an Associate Professor at LSHTM working in the area of menstrual hygiene (MH) in developing contexts. She works on several projects in different countries that try to provide evidence about the links between poor MHM practices and social and health impact

Clare Tanton is an Epidemiologist working on an intervention to improve Menstrual Hygiene Management in Uganda, along with other work related to adolescent health. She has a background in Sexual Health and HIV research in the UK and internationally and is a member of the Independent Ethics Review Committee for Marie Stopes International.

Jane Wilbur is a PhD student at LSHTM. Her research explores the menstrual hygiene management requirements of women and girls with disabilities in Nepal. She is also an Equity, Inclusion & Rights Advisor at WaterAid. 

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Free and open to all. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.