• Date
    28 - 29 May 2018
  • Location
    Sandton, Johannesburg
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  • Speakers
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28-29 MAY 2018

Menstrual Health Management Symposium

UNFPA, the Department of Women and partners are to hold the first ever, potentially life changing meeting on managing menstrual health for women and girls in the East and Southern Africa region, the Menstrual Health Management Symposium, in Johannesburg, South Africa from 28 to 29 May.

Why menstrual health matters

Maintaining health and hygiene during menstruation is important for women and girls’ health, well-being, mobility and dignity. To ensure this, they require access to the information, supplies and facilities needed to manage their menstruation. Yet, in the ESA region many girls and women – especially those who live in poverty-stricken areas or who have been affected by humanitarian emergencies – do not have access to appropriate information or menstrual health management facilities and products that are effective, affordable and safe to use. This hinders the daily activities of girls and women, leads to stigma and discrimination, and isolates them from their friends and local communities. Critically, it increases the risk of school absence and drop-out, affects work performance and has potential implications for reproductive and mental health.

Exhibition stalls

All potential exhibitors should note the following:

  1. There are limited spaces for exhibition, therefore confirmation would be based on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. Although the Symposium is for two days, each exhibitor would be allowed to display their materials/products for one day only. This is to allow other interested exhibitors to participate too.
  3. Each exhibitor would be provided with a table and chair. Additional equipment needed would be at the cost of the exhibitor. This should be arranged directly with the hotel.
  4. If these terms are acceptable, kindly send your details (name and institution), indicating which of the two days you prefer for your exhibition. Send your details directly to: menstrual-health-symposium@unfpa.org with the subject line “MHM Symposium Exhibition”.
Our Key Speakers

Minister of Women Government of South Africa
    Regional Director UNFPA
      Lead MHM Researcher
        • 28 May
          Day 1
        • 29 May
          Day 2
        • Conference 1
          Day 3
        • Conference 2
          Day 4
        • Conference 4
          Day 5
        • John Doe
          Day 6
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          Day 7
        • John Doe
          Day 8
        • Day 1
        • John Doe
        • Hexal Vanc
        8.30 am – 9.00 am
        Registration and Breakfast

        9.00 am – 9.30 am
        Welcome from Symposium Moderators

        Opening Remarks from Organizers   Dr Julitta Onabanjo, Regional Director, UNFPA East and Southern Africa

        Hon. Bathabile Dlamini, Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Republic of South Africa

        09.30 am – 10.30 am
        Panel Discussion

        11.00 am – 12.00 pm
        Plenary: Setting The Scene

        A life-cycle approach to Menstrual Health Management (Siri Tellier, WoMena and Department of Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

        Discussion and Q&A

        12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
        Plenary: Menstrual Health Management and Sexual and Reproductive Health

        1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
        Lunch ǁ Exhibition Open

        2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
        Concurrent Sessions

        Room 1: Theme 1: Strengthening education and knowledge about Menstrual Health Management.
        Room 2: Theme 2: Addressing social norms, beliefs, stigma and discrimination incl. involvement of men and boys.
        Theme 3: Providing WASH and waste disposal.
        Room 3 Theme 4: Improving MHM in humanitarian settings.

        4.00 pm – 4.30 pm
        Break ǁ Exhibition Open

        4.30 pm – 5.30 pm

        Report back and discussion of recommendations and actions points from parallel sessions

        5.30 pm – 5.45 pm

        6.00 pm – 7.30 pm
        Cocktail Reception

        • Day 2
        • John Doe
        • John Doe
        • John Doe
        • John Doe
        8.00 am – 8.30 am
        Registration and Breakfast

        8.30 am – 10.30 am
        Concurrent Sessions

        Room 1: Theme 1: Linking practice to research.
        Theme 2: Ensuring sustainable financing.
        Theme 3: Expanding product availability.
        Room 2 Facilitator: Representative from private sector (TBC).

        10.30 am - 11.00 am
        Lunch ǁ Exhibition Open

        11.00 am - 12.00 pm

        Report back and discussion of recommendations and actions points from parallel sessions

        12.00 pm - 1.00 pm

        Leaving no one behind: MHM for the most marginalized and vulnerable groups

        1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Lunch
        Lunch ǁ Exhibition Open

        2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

        Addressing MHM through multi-sectoral policy making

        3.00 pm – 3.30 pm
        Break ǁ Exhibition Open

        3.30 pm – 4.30 pm
        Plenary: Call To Action

        Call to action: moving towards an integrated, multi-sectoral approach to menstrual health management - identifying priorities for menstrual health management in east and southern africa. Launch of regional coalition of menstrual health and management.

        4.30 pm – 5.00 pm

        • John Doe
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        • John Doe
              Menstrual Health Matters
              • Naomi Maulana, scholar

                There is a special room here at school, arranged for us girls, where we (can) go and change the pads comfortably.

              • Towera Munthali, 29

                I used to spend 1,000 kwacha [$1.40] every month to buy sanitary pads, but with the menstrual cup, I don’t spend anything.

              • Given Mwira, 26

                When you are using the menstrual cup, you can do almost everything: run, do any sporting activity as well as attend classes.

              Hilton Hotel
              Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
              139-140 Rivonia Rd, Sandown, Sandton, 2031