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UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, was established in 1946 and is a global organisation, active in over 190 countries and territories to promote the rights and wellbeing of every child. UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child and focuses special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children. Programme areas include; education, child protection, nutrition, health, WASH, HIV/AIDS, social inclusion, gender equality, the empowerment of girls and women and emergency humanitarian relief. 

In 2013 the Foundation supported UNICEF with a grant of £80,000 to strengthen evidence based advocacy on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in India over three years from 2014-2016. The project focuses on the two Indian states of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu and has three main aims: 1) to document current menstrual hygiene practices and the barriers girls face in schools, 2) to develop and disseminate guidelines for integration of a minimum MHM package into UNICEF’s existing school WASH programmes, and 3) to engage with national government and Ministry of Education to ensure buy-in and mobilisation of additional support for multi-sectorial involvement for MHM. The direct beneficiaries of the project are anticipated to be 40,000 female students; whilst indirect beneficiaries could be as high as 50 million adolescents, to be achieved by supporting the government to institutionalise the MHM package in schools through advocacy and policy change.

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Talk on Menstrual Hygiene for young schoolgirls in Tamil Nadu.

Photo credit: © UNICEF/INDA2009-00524/Purushotham

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Volunteers map homes to ensure project participation, Jharkhand, India.

Photo credit: © UNICEF/INDA2010-00419/Purushotham

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Women from Bongabari self-help group manufacturing affordable sanitary napkins for girls and women.

Photo credit: © UNICEF/INDA2011-00444/Vishwanathan






Last updated Friday 16 March, 2018