The Menstrual Hygiene Management Education Guide

Every girl deserves a Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) education that empowers her to fully participate in society and live a healthy, self-determined life. Thanks to the MHM Education Guide, providing this education has never been easier.

About the Guide




Take a glimpse into the Guide

The MHM Education Guide has been tailored to four world regions and translated into over 20 languages. It's easy to use, free of charge and can be implemented in two compact group-based training sessions that girls love, and that are not embarrassing but fun.

In the training, girls follow the story of a young girl entering puberty, a story inspired by the girls' lives. This makes them feel understood and connected with the main character. In addition, the story is combined with exciting activities. As a result, girls are not only educated about menstruation but also feel empowered to manage their menstruation with confidence and are motivated to engage in the topic and support one another. We call this the three E's: Girls are educated, empowered and engaged.

6 reasons why you should use the Guide

Whether you are an NGO or a government body, a community service or a youth-led initiative - the MHM Education Guide is for you. It has been developed together with girls and trainers, is easy to use, free of charge and enables you to conduct compact, effective and fun training on MHM. This is what sets the MHM Education Guide apart from other solutions:


The Guide enables a compact training of two sessions, each 60-90 minutes.

Free of charge

The Guide is entirely free of charge. Implementation costs are minimal.


The MHM training is fun for girls thanks to the relatable story and exciting activities.

Easy to use

Trainers don't need specialised training or prior knowledge on menstruation to conduct a successful training. One hour of preparation is enough.


The Guide is used by organisations across the globe. External evaluations prove: the Guide works!

Beyond knowledge

A training with the Guide goes beyond providing information - it also empowers and engages girls on good MHM.

Ina head of education programmes at wash united


What is great about the MHM Education Guide is that girls and trainers were at the centre of its development. The stories and characters of the Guide were inspired by their real-life experiences, and everything was tested with their involvement - that's why it's so effective!

Ina Jurga, Lead Menstrual Health & Hygiene at WASH United

Impact on the ground

Since 2018, up to 300 organisations across the globe have used the MHM Education Guide, reaching over 2.1 million girls (as of the end of 2022). External evaluations of the training using the MHM Education Guide prove the impact:


of girls showed improved knowledge of menstruation and MHM



decrease in the number of girls who felt worried and upset about their period



increase in the number of girls who didn't feel awkward talking to friends about menstruation


of girls felt that they received more support from other girls after the training

What our partners say


Collaborating with WASH United made complete sense - they already had a high-quality, tested MHM Education Guide. Together, we adapted it for our Girl Guides and leaders. The Guide has strengthened our MHM work. It has been really well received by Guiding organisations across Africa and – more importantly – by the Girl Guides and Scouts themselves.

Lorna Tallowin, Global Project Manager, WAGGGS


The girls are now more open to talking about periods. They don't hesitate to ask difficult questions and they also don't shy away from sharing their information. This has turned out to be one of the most important programmes for us.

Abhijeet Barse, Director, Slum Soccer

Some of the organisations using the Guide:

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A success story

Partner stories




The MHM Education Guide in action

MHM education in Rwanda

Rosie's World in action: implementation by the Rwanda Girl Guides Association

MHM Education in Andhra Pradesh, India

Ruby's World in Action

Learn more about how other organisations have used the MHM Education Guide to teach girls about menstruation and how they can manage it.

Slum Soccer

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Slum Soccer implemented the Guide, along with co-designed football-based MHM games, to reach 6,898 girls in 22 schools in Nagpur, India, with menstrual hygiene management education. After the project, 76% of participating girls felt it was easier to talk with female peers about menstruation and 70% reported changing their pad or cloth more frequently since the MHM training. Slum Soccer has now integrated MHM education, using the Guide, into their regular programming.

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)

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In 2019 and 2020, the MHM Education Guide was adapted together with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) into 'Rosie's World" and rolled out across Africa and the Asia-Pacific region through WAGGGS' Youth Exchange South to South (YESS) programme. The YESS participants, 90 young women leaders, delivered MHM education through 'Rosie's World' to 44,081 Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Following the training, these Girl Guides and Girl Scouts took action, running their own 'red pride' projects, reaching another 34,226 with life-saving MHM messages.

Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI)

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Through ASCI, over 24,000 girls across 154 schools in Andhra Pradesh, India, were educated using the Guide on puberty, menstruation and menstrual hygiene management. An external survey of a sample of girls educated using the Guide showed that 55% of the girls changed their menstrual hygiene practices and that there was a steep 23% decline in misconceptions on the topic. Building on this success, the Women and Child Welfare Department (WCD) of the Andhra Pradesh state government planned to scale up the programme to another 11,000 schools in the state.

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Do you have more questions? Please check out at the FAQs or learn more in the recorded webinars.

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