The MHH Funding Tracker

The first central source of information on funding for menstrual health and hygiene (MHH).

A living database everyone can use and contribute to.

Designed to catalyse advocacy and action.

Introduction

Why we need the MHH Funding Tracker and what it does

There currently is no central source of information on funding for MHH. As a result, advocates are left without critical information to hold existing funders to account and/or to push for more funding for this neglected issue.
Why is that so? MHH is not explicitly included in the SDGs. Funders are not required to report funding for MHH to the OECD-DAC system or other databases that track funding across different thematic areas.

Our goal is to help fill this information gap. The MHH Funding Tracker is an open-access searchable database that collates and summarises major funding commitents explicitly earmarked for MHH of USD 1 million and above. It covers funding from all types of funders - governments, philanthropy, corporates, etc - at international, national and local level starting in 2018.

The MHH Funding Tracker is a collaborative effort: the more organizations contribute information, the more comprehensive, relevant and useful it will become.

Important to note:

  • the MHH Funding tracker only includes funding that has been published or directly reported to us by the respective funder

  • the MHH Funding Tracker is exemplary, not exhaustive

  • the MHH Funding Tracker tracks commitments to funding, not actual spending

How it works

How can I use the MHH Funding Tracker?

The information included in the MHH Funding Tracker can be used in different ways.

Use case 1: hold funders accountable for existing commitments to fund MHH

If the database shows that a funder has already committed funding to MHH, you can use the data to make sure that they deliver on what they promised. Ask them whether they invested the committed funds as planned/are on track to doing so or ask them them to continue/expand their funding for MHH.

Use case 2: use the data to build peer pressure to fund MHH

For instance, if you can show your government with this data that neighbouring countries are funding MHH education, this will go a long way to motivate them to take action, too. Similarly, if you want to convince a medium-sized foundation to add MHH to their funding areas, being able to show that major global foundations already funds work on MHH will be very helpful.

Key partners behind this initiative

Who's behind the MHH Funding Tracker?

The MHH Funding Tracker is a collaborative effort led by Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) and WASH United, in partnership with leading sector organisations and networks working on MHH. By regularly contributing new information about funding for MHH, partners will help to ensure that the MHH Funding Tracker becomes as up-to-date, relevant and useful as possible.

Do YOU have information about funding for MHH of >USD 1 million that is not yet included in the database? Please contribute your information! #TeamWorkMakesTheDreamWork

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the World Bank, Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity (DR Congo)

Initiative:
Programme d’Accès aux Services d’Eau et d’Assainissement (PASEA)
Total funding in million USD:
3.00
Description
The objective of the Water Supply and Sanitation Access Program Project ( (Programme d’Accès aux Services d’Eau et d’Assainissement (PASEA)) for Congo, Democratic Republic of (DRC) is to increase access to basic drinking water supply and sanitation services in selected provinces of the DRC. The MHH component includes i) educating girls about menstruation, ii) improving school infrastructure and iii) strengthening the market for menstrual product production. The implementation is supported through a national MHM Taskforce comprising key ministries. The first phase from 2023 to 2029 has a total budget of 400 USD, with 3 Mio USD for the MHH interventions.
July 10, 2024 10:17
Start date
2023
End date
2029
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Government of Ireland

Initiative:
Period Dignity
Total funding in million USD:
2.66
Description
Since 2021, the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive (HSE) have been allocating a budget of € 2,44 milliion for period dignity measures, including the provision of free menstrual products, education and research, supporting those most in need (e.g., the homeless, those living with addiction, minorities including Travellers, Roma and refugees and those experiencing consistent poverty). The programme is implemented through local authorities and by NGOs. [Note: USD figure is based on conversion rate of 07/06/2024]
June 10, 2024 12:13
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2021
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2024
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Government of Australia

Initiative:
Womens Budget
Total funding in million USD:
8.32
Description
The Government will provide $12.5 million over four years starting in 2024–25 to the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation to facilitate community led, culturally appropriate distribution of free period products – including pads, tampons and other products – to girls, women and gender diverse people in rural and remote First Nations communities.
June 10, 2024 10:31
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2024
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2027
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Government of Brazil

Initiative:
Dignidade Menstrual
Total funding in million USD:
82.60
Description
In March 2023, the Federal Government announced the start of the menstrual dignity programme (program dignidade menstrual) to implement the law on menstrual health (law number 14.214/2021). The program ensures the free and continuous distribution of sanitary napkins to about 24 million people between 10 and 49 years old who are students, homeless or incarcerated women, or from low-income households, through accredited pharmacies throughout Brazil. In addition, the program includes training and education for the public and through public officials. The budget allocated is BRL 418 million. [Note: USD figure is based on conversion rate of 04/04/2024]
April 4, 2024 11:16
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Terminology explained

More details about what we mean with the terms used in the filters above.

Menstrual products

"Menstrual products" includes interventions that promote access to any type of single-use or reusable menstrual product and material, including product development, business model innovation and product standards.

Menstruation education & information

"Menstruation education & information" includes all types of interventions that provide any group of people with information about menstruation and MHH.

Stigma & taboos

"Stigma & taboos" includes any type of effort aimed at raising awareness and tackling persisting stigma and taboos surrounding menstruation at societal level, including campaigning and media work.  

WASH infrastructure

The term "WASH infrastructure" includes the construction and maintenance of period-friendly water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure, provision of water and soap and menstrual waste management.

Health services

"Health services" includes professional guidance on pain, discomfort and related reproductive health, and dedicated health care facilities.

Advocacy

"Advocacy" includes interventions aimed at policy change, increased political relevance and increased funding for MHH..

Research & learning

"Research & learning" includes any type of research, evidence generation and capacity building & exchange, such as conference.

Types of funders and funding

Re funders, we distinguish between governments (national, state level and local), UN agencies, private sector, foundations and individual donors.
Re types of funding, we distinguish between grants, service contracts, public budgets and donations. "Other" includes any other type of funding, such as loans, development impact bonds, convertible debt, etc.