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Improving the impact of menstrual health innovations in low- and middle-income countries: a theory of change and measurement framework

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Sommer, Marni, Zulaika, Garazi, Schmitt, Margaret L, Khandaki, Neudorf, Gellis, Leeat and Phillips-Howard, Penelope ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1018-116X (2020) 'Improving the impact of menstrual health innovations in low- and middle-income countries: a theory of change and measurement framework'. Journal of Global Health Reports, Vol 4, Issue e2020007..

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Abstract

There exists growing global attention focused on tackling the menstrual management related challenges facing adolescent girls and women in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). This includes a surge of growth in new and locally produced menstrual products, often accompanied by innovative distribution approaches aimed at enhancing accessibility, along with the provision of menstruation-related education. Increasing global investments support the development of such products by local and international menstrual innovators, with the aim of shifting from product development towards achieving scale. Parallel to such efforts, there is a need for rigorous monitoring to evaluate the process and impact of implementation, to ensure resources are effectively utilized. In response, a new measurement model was developed that includes a Theory of Change (ToC) and measurement framework, to enable improved measurement of the impact and growth of menstrual product innovations. These tools aim to help investors to more effectively monitor and assess the impact of investments. They will also support social entrepreneurs, innovators, and non-governmental organizations to adopt approaches that are most effective for impacting the lives of menstruating adolescent girls and women across LMIC. This paper seeks to introduce the ToC and monitoring and evaluation framework as supportive resources that provide a common framework for the global community to utilize as both investors and social entrepreneurs seek to develop more scalable menstrual solutions globally.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 309 Women's health
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 540 National and state health administration
WP Gynecology > WP 100 General works
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.29392/001c.12105
Depositing User: Cheryl Giddings
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2020 15:42
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2020 15:57
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/14143

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