MITRA Samaj organised MHM: Media Monitoring report dissemination program at Hotel Yellow Pagoda, Jamal, Kathmandu on 26th November 2019.
Menstruation is a taboo topic in many of the South Asian countries. In Nepal, Menstrual Hygiene has been a neglected issue for long with some advancement in recent years.
In this context, MITRA Samaj with support from WaterAid Nepal implemented a project titled “Making inroads in MHM issues via Media Monitoring” under which the primary activity was to monitor media regularly for a period of one year (July, 2018 to June, 2019) and track articles/news published in sampled media outlets.
The general objective of the project was to expand the knowledge base and understanding of key issues related with menstrual hygiene management through media monitoring and to generate evidence for its use to support advocacy initiatives for integrating MHM in sectoral policies and plans.
A total of 18 media outlets (print and online) were sampled for media monitoring on MHM issues. From where a total of 410 articles related to menstruation and menstrual hygiene management were published over a period of a year (July 2018-June 2019). Out of the total (410) articles published, 235 were published in newspapers, 10 in magazines and 165 in online portals.
The event was in presence of the Honourable Minister for Water Supply Ms. Bina Magar (also the Chief Guest of the program), Member Secretary of Medical Education Commission Dr. Hari Lamsal, Chief of Policy, Planning and Monitoring Division of Ministry of Health and Population Dr. Bikash Devkota, Gender and Development Specialist Dr. Shibesh Chandra Regmi, Country Director of WaterAid Nepal Ms. Tripti Rai, and Executive Director of Nepal Fertility Care Centre Ms. Pema Lhaki who were also our panelists and described the approaches and programs needed to bring social transformation on the way how menstruation is perceived in Nepal.