Menstrual Hygiene Management


SACOSAN (South Asian Conference on Sanitation) is a government led biennial convention held on a rotational basis in each SAARC country provides a platform for dialogue and promote political will to overcome the sanitation challenge in the South Asian Region. Hosted by the South Asian Regional Sanitation Centre (RSC) for SACOSAN Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) Geneva.

In order to fulfil the commitment made at Dhaka Conference the Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply (MCPWS)   established the Regional SACOSAN Secretariat with the approval of the Cabinet Ministers on 01st August 2017. This unit is placed under the Ministry and perform specialized functions as per the Terms of Reference agreed at the Inter Country Working Group meeting held in Kathmandu in February 2014. The Ministry has prepared a detailed plan on operationalizing the Secretariat being shared with the regional partners.

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council of Geneva Switzerland offered to assist the Regional Sanitation Centre by conducting a Training Of Trainers (TOT) programme on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM)   as the first major activity of the RSC. 

In response to strong demand for support from SACOSAN countries, WSSCC has provided MHM technical support (including policy, capacity building and training) to governments and development partners in many parts of India, Nepal and Pakistan.  In close collaboration with the government of Sri-Lanka, WSSCC is planning a regional MHM Training of Trainers for 5 SACOSAN Countries that demanded but have not yet benefitted from WSSCC MHM technical support for policy and practice change.

  1. Training Objectives
    • To create a team of senior trainers with the knowledge and skills on inclusive WASH & MHM, who will in turn build a cadre of trainers at provincial, National level and work as resource persons   

2.2 To support the Government of Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives to    operationalize their commitments on MHM made in SACOSAN IV, V and VI into policy and practice

  • To implement the target of the Sustainable Development Goals in relation to the Ministry with a practical focus on women and girls’ holistic sanitation and hygiene demands. 
  1. Participants

The Ministry has invited participants from government of  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Maldives to participate in the training of trainers and the total number attended is 34.

  • 34 Senior Sri Lankan government sector officials engaged in the Health, Education, water supply have participated
  • 06 Civil society participants working with MHM, viz health, education and the participation of 6 Blind children in Sri Lanka.
  1. Trainers:
  • 11 Senior MHM trainers from Kenya, Nepal, India and Geneva will be attending as resource persons.
  1. Training venue and Cost:

The Ministry of CP &WS proposes to use MAS Athena – a state of the art training centre of international standards as the venue. All local costs from arrival to departure for foreign participants will be met by the WSSCC and local participants cost will be borne by the Ministry for SACOSAN programme. The programme was successfully concluded and certificates were awarded to all participants by the State Minister of City Planning and Water Supply               

Submitted for the information of Cabinet of Ministers.



MHM documents

South Asia Regional Training of Trainers on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM)

29th October to 05th November 2017, MAS Athena, Thulhiriya, Sri-Lanka

Menstrual Hygiene Management Regional Training

South Asia Regional Menstrual Hygiene Management Training November, Sri-Lanka


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