Symposium to take stock of progress on menstrual health and sexual and reproductive health and rights in the region

The African Coalition Symposium on Menstrual Health, organized by the African Coalition on Menstrual Health Management (ACMHM) in collaboration with UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, will be held from 25 to 27 May. This follows the inaugural Menstrual Health Management Symposium where participants from Africa and globally gathered to discuss menstrual health issues on the continent, in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2018.

The 2018 symposium was co-hosted by the Department of Women in the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa and the UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office. The event led to the establishment of the ACMHM and contributed to strengthened commitment to better respond to the menstrual health needs of people who menstruate throughout their reproductive life cycle, by supporting the evidence-base and showcasing a range of innovative and sustainable models.

The African Coalition Menstrual Health Symposium will track progress on menstrual health on the continent since the Call to Action was made at the 2018 symposium. The event brings together leading academic institutions, the private sector, donors, governments, regional economic communities, celebrities, the entertainment industry, social entrepreneurs, young people and the media. The high-level panel discussions will feature leaders and champions, academics, community-led developers, innovators, young leaders and representatives of the private sector. This will be enhanced by a series of country-led satellite sessions.

The symposium will be accessible to interested members of the public, via live streaming at:  

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