It is difficult to make policy and programmatic decisions without appropriate evidence about the topic in question. We have a team of experienced and curious multidisciplinary researchers and professionals who design and implement both research and evaluations. We also summarize existing evidence for academic, implementation and policy purposes. Examples of work under this activity include:
MHM impact on school outcomes:
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine LSHTM carried out the Menstrual Hygiene and Safe Male Circumcision Promotion in Ugandan Schools (MENISCUS): Feasibility and preparatory study for a cluster randomized trial in 2016. WoMena provided training and technical support on menstrual cups as a part of this project. Starting in April 2017, WoMena will be a key implementing partner on the MENISCUs-2 project in Entebbe.
Innovative market/finance models – MCMAP:
Marie Stopes Uganda (MSU) is one of WoMena’s partners in our Menstrual Cup Market Accessibility Project (MCMAP). WoMena provides MSU staff with menstrual cup training related to the use and sales techniques. MSU clinic staff and 25 MS Ladies, who sell family planning and menstrual health products from door to door, are selling menstrual cups through different sales models and instalments in the West Nile, Gulu, Kabale, Central and Tororo Region. Working together with MSU creates a unique opportunity for WoMena to reach communities across Uganda through MSU’s wide reaching and trusted services.
WoMena partners on BRAC’s Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) programme in Uganda. WoMena provides the ELA mentors with training on menstrual health management and menstrual cup and re-usable pad use, and with this information the ELA mentors encourage the use of menstrual cups and re-usable pads among peers.