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New Directions for Assessing Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools: A bottom-up approach to measuring program success

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LSHTM, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

This dispatch aims to share lessons learned from the process of developing instruments to measure school participation, stress, and self-efficacy – outcomes that qualitatively link to girls’ experiences managing menstruation in school. Currently, valid and reliable tools for measuring these domains do not exist. In response, Save the Children, through support from its Child Sponsorship Innovation funding, is working to develop new measurement tools to allow its programs to assess the success of menstrual hygiene strategies in schools, signaling a move away from an assessment using attendance rosters and a shift in focus to the changes and improvements in girls’ lived experiences

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