Feasibility assessment of menstrual cups and reusable pads as menstrual innovation in humanitarian programming (HIF)

Feasibility assessment of menstrual cups and reusable pads as menstrual innovation in humanitarian programming (HIF)

About: 

The project aims to access the feasibility of introducing menstrual cups and reusable pads as menstrual health innovations within humanitarian settings. 2000 women within Bidibidi Refugee Settlement  and surrounding host villages will be provided with menstrual cups and/or reusable pads to use for up to 8 months. WoMena is leading on the research element of the project and will train local research assistants to collect both qualitative and quantitative data on the acceptability of the products and the feasibility of introducing them into humanitarian settings. WoMena’s partner on the project, Welthungerhilfe (WHH), will provide logistics and implementation support.

Objectives:

The overall goal is to assess the feasibility and appropriateness of introducing MCs and reusable pads in humanitarian programming. The specific objectives are to assess:

  • Appropriateness: Assess and compare the girls and women’s preferences for the different MHM models
  • Impact: Assess and compare the outcome and impact of different MHM models on the health and social well-being for girls and women
  • Effectiveness and efficiency: Assess and compare the cost-effectiveness of scaling-up different MHM models
  • Develop technical guidelines for integrating and scaling-up innovative MHM models

Partners: 

The Humanitarian Innovation FundWelthungerhilfe, Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Time frame:

December 2017- May 2019

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Humanitarian Innovation Fund:

The feasibility assessment of menstrual cups and reusable pads as menstrual health innovation in humanitarian programming project is supported by Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund programme, a grant making facility supporting organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance. The HIF is funded by the Directorate General of the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO). 

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