“Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds”- Gender Transformative Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Program Implementation in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)
The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) has historically been at the forefront supporting local level programming in international humanitarian contexts. The GHU provides both technical and operational support to CRC field experts who are responsible for on-the-ground programming, and advocacy on behalf of local communities, bringing their voices to the CRC when setting its global health agenda. The “Health Bodies, Healthy Minds” project is an active 3-year CRC initiative to increase equal opportunity for girls to attend school in South Sudan. One way it will do this is to improve safe hygiene and sanitation practices, specifically tackling menstrual hygiene management (MHM). This proposed research aims to synthesize relevant scholarly literature in support of the program implemented by CRC and to understand the challenges implementers face when they set priorities and make resource allocation decisions for MHM in a humanitarian context.