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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Government of California / USA

Initiative:
Menstrual product pilot
Total funding in million USD:
2.00
Description
The Budget Act of 2021 provided $2 million one-time for a 3-year menstrual product pilot project in Los Angeles San Diego through two local food banks. These food banks have been distributing free menstrual products to low-income households and individuals who are already accessing free groceries and food resources.
March 18, 2024 16:45
Start date
2021
End date
2023
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Government of India

Initiative:
Menstrual Hygiene Scheme
Total funding in million USD:
43.30
Description
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MHFW) has been implementing the "Scheme for Promotion of Menstrual Hygiene" among adolescent girls since 2011. Since 2014 it has fallen under the comprehensive adolescent health programme (Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram), and the implementation is being supported by the National Health Mission on the State level. The objectives of the scheme are to increase awareness and education, provide access to sanitary pads, and ensure the safe disposal of sanitary pads. The total available budget since 2018 is INR 3.593 billion. [Note: USD figure is based on conversion rate of 11/03/2024]
March 12, 2024 9:17
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2018
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2023
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Government of Nepal

Initiative:
Sanitary pad distribution
Total funding in million USD:
24.20
Description
In 2020, the Government of Nepal (GoN) launched the “Sanitary Pad Distribution” initiative to provide free sanitary pads in government schools across the country. Since then, the GoN has allocated at least NPR 3.42 billion for the initiative (excluding figures for 2022/23, which are not available; and for 2021/22 which is a combined budget for pads and text books). [Note: USD figure is based on conversion rate of 11/03/2024]
March 5, 2024 12:42
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2020
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2024
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Government of France

Initiative:
Menstrual Advancement Platform
Total funding in million USD:
2.74
Description
The Menstrual Advancement Platform (MAP) project funded by the French Agency for Development Cooperation (Agence Française de Développement) with €2.5 million under the Trade Capacity Building Programme (PRCC) aims to catalyze the market for menstrual hygiene products in Ethiopia. [Note: USD figure is based on conversion rate of 11/03/2024]
March 4, 2024 15:36
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2023
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2026
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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.