Empower girls with the Menstrual Hygiene Management Education Guide

Every girl deserves 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

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Everything starts with education

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.

WASH United's MHM Education Guide, developed together with girls and teachers, is a compact, easy-to-use and low-cost solution that provides every girl with the MHM support she needs.

Ina head of education programmes at wash united

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What excites me about our 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 impactful!

Ina Jurga, Head of Education Programmes at WASH United

Some of the organisations already using the MHM Education Guide:

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What’s different about the MHM Education Guide?

By following the journey of Rosie/Ruby, a 10 year-old girl entering puberty, girls are Educated, Empowered and Engaged on the topic of menstrual hygiene management. These three "E"s are the principles that guide the story. Girls are educated on menstruation, changes that occur during puberty and various types of menstrual products. They are empowered to make choices for themselves and challenge menstrual myths and taboos. Girls also grow in confidence and are motivated to engage in the topic and support one another. Here is an overview of the Guide’s key features.

Story and activities

The Guide connects with girls through the story of Rosie/Ruby and her friends, relatable characters inspired by real-life experiences, and combines this with activities and games to actively engage girls on MHM and change their perceptions and attitudes towards menstruation.

Free to use and low implementation costs

The Guide itself is free. The printing costs and materials needed for implementation are less than USD 5 per school.

Compact & easy to use

The Guide can be implemented in two sessions of 60-90 minutes each. It is so simple to use that educators can simply read it aloud. No training, in-depth preparation or prior knowledge is required.

Available for Africa and South Asia

The Guide can be adapted for different regions and is currently available in two versions: “Rosie’s World” for Africa (in English and French) and “Ruby’s World” for South Asia (in English and Hindi). Additional versions for different regions are in development.

Results so far

Since 2018, the MHM Education Guide has been used by more than 12 organisations across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, reaching over 1.5 million girls with MHM education. Studies on the impact of trainings using the Guide show:

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

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

What our partners say

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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

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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

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Key features of the Guide

Case studies

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The MHM Education Guide 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 Andrha Pradesh state government planned to scale up the programme to another 11,000 schools in the state.

Check out the preview version of the Guide!

The MHM Education Guide makes it easier than ever to conduct MHM trainings – even if you have no prior experience. Have we piqued your interest? Check out the preview version to get a better idea of the Guide and understand whether it could work for you!

Subscribe to the Guide: select your package and get started

Packages with additional paid services are available, see  below.

The Guide is free to use for any planned or ongoing MHM projects. In return for using the Guide free of charge, we expect you to deliver feedback (through a short survey) on the impact of the project within two months of its completion. For additional services, such as one-to-one capacity building support and guidance or customisation of the Guide to your specific project, please see the various packages offered below. The Guide is currently available in the following languages, culturally adapted for specific regions, with more coming soon:

  • Africa - Rosie's World: English, French

  • South Asia - Ruby's World: English, Hindi

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What is included?

Resources

MHM Education Guide >>
Resource book for teachers and trainers >>
Training of Trainers Guide >>
Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit >>

Capacity building

Public capacity building webinars >>
Individual capacity building webinars >>
In-person training by certified trainers >>
Refresher training and support >>

Individual support

Email >>
Video/Audio Calls >>

Customised content

Logo integration on all resources >>
New language version >>
Customised or adjusted content >>

Additional

Featured on our social media channels >>
Featured on newsletter and website >>
Newsletter and updates >>

Free standard package

Use the Guide free of charge

Resources

>> MHM Education Guide
>> Resource book for teachers and trainers
>> Training of Trainers Guide
>> Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit

Capacity building

>> Public capacity building webinars

Additional

>> Newsletter and updates

Get package

Individual support package

$400 per year

Resources

>> MHM Education Guide
>> Resource book for teachers and trainers
>> Training of Trainers Guide
>> Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit

Capacity building

>> Public capacity building webinars
>> One individual capacity building webinar

Individual support

>> Up to 10 Emails per year
>> Up to 3 video/audio Calls per year

Additional

>> Featured on our social media channels
>> Newsletter and updates

Get package

Custom package

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Request a quote

Resources

>> MHM Education Guide
>> Resource book for teachers and trainers
>> Training of Trainers Guide
>> Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit

Capacity building

>> Public capacity building webinars
>> Individual capacity building webinars (scope/number tbd)
>> In-person training by certfied trainers (scope/number tbd)
>> Refresher training and support (scope/number tbd)

Individual support

>> Email (scope/number tbd)
>> Video/Audio Calls (scope/number tbd)
>> In-person training by certified trainers (scope/number tbd)
>> Refresher training and support (scope/number tbd)

Customised content

>> Logo integration on all resources
>> New language version starting from $2500
>> Customised or adjusted content starting from $3000

Additional

>> Featured on our social media channels
>> Featured on newsletter and website
>> Newsletter and updates

Request quote

Offers for large-scale Government programmes

Do you want to use the Guide for a large-scale government programme? We offer free customisation options for programmes that reach more than 100,000 girls. Get in touch to learn more.

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FAQs & contact

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Frequently asked questions

The MHM Education Guide is not available in my local 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 we that we can improve and update the Guide in the future.
Please also review the Terms and Conditions document for more information (link here).

Are there any grants or funding available for programme implementation?

WASH United does not provide grants or funding for the implementation of the Guide. The Guide is designed for low-cost implementation to make it as accessible as possible. The printing and materials needed cost less than USD 5 per school. If you still require financial assistance, we encourage you to explore other funding streams.

Why is there a cost associated with the support and custom packages?

WASH United is a non-profit organisation. We do not make any profit from the MHM Education Guide. The cost only covers the expenses of the materials and training that we offer.

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. This is an additional cost. Please get in touch with us 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.

What other language versions of the Guide will be available soon?

The Guide has been translated into the following additional languages: Arabic, Bengali, Kinyarwanda, Malagasy, Oriya/Odia, Swahili, Telugu and Tamil. These versions of the Guide are in the process of being finalised and should be available soon. Please contact us if you are interested in using one of these language version.

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