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Columbia: Call for Abstracts for 5th Annual Virtual Menstrual Hygiene Management in WASH in Schools Conference

The evidence base on the Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) barriers girls face in schools in low-income contexts is building, however adolescent girls continue to face stigma and marginalization around the issue of managing their menstrual hygiene in many countries. An ongoing effort introduces Menstrual Hygiene Management interventions into Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools programming for addressing the WASH-related challenges facing menstruating girls and female teachers in schools. Dr. Marni Sommer, associate professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public health, is a leader in the initiative to improve WASH in Schools and MHM among girls and women.

[Photo: Dr. Marni Sommer]

The fifth Annual Virtual Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in WASH in Schools (WinS) Conference will be held on October 25. This year’s conference aims to showcase initiatives that are translating girls’ expressed needs into actionable programming and WASH programs and policies, including indicators to capture measureable change, and the engagement of teachers and government actors.

The deadline for submitting a one-page abstract detailing the content of your proposed presentation is August 1 (send to: and must include the following details:

Title; Name of presenter; Organization; Country; Category of content (research, program, advocacy, or combination); Outline of proposed presentation content  (e.g. individual, community, environmental, structural)

Preference will be given to submissions that highlight rigorous research, interventions aimed at going to scale, and innovative approaches (e.g. costing of action or inaction on MHM in WASH in Schools).

Authors will be notified if their abstract has been selected for presentation by August 10th.

Follow for more information on the October 25, 2016 virtual conference