Menstrual Cup Coalition Members
Members of the Menstrual Cup Coalition have expertise working with schoolgirls and boys, teachers, nurses, refugees, politicians, working women, rural mothers and fisherwomen. They challenge stigmas against menstruation, and promote menstrual health in many sectors, including Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Health, Environment, faith groups, and government standards and tax departments.
Any organization may join if they work in menstrual health and already, or potentially, in menstrual cup interventions, in research, manufacturing, education, communication, distribution, design, advocacy, campaigning, projects, programmes or other work relevant to menstrual cups and menstrual cup interventions. If your organization is interested in joining the Menstrual Cup Coalition, please contact us via the contact page to receive an application package.
Based and working in Malawi.
Activities: International non-government organisation implementing programmes. Training and information with students, parents and community leaders. Distribution of menstrual cups to schoolgirls and mothers. Follow- up and monitoring of menstrual cup usage.
The Beatrice Project
Charity based in UK, working in Zimbabwe.
Activities: The Beatrice Project is helping teenage girls in rural Zimbabwe stay in education by providing menstrual products including menstrual cups, giving girls a choice. This is supported by education on menstruation, sexual health and relationships. The project is run by local community leaders in collaboration with the schools where the distributions take place, and supported from the UK.
Based in Harare, Zimbabwe and working in Zimbabwe and UK.
Activities: Provide menstrual cups and period underwear to women and girls in Zimbabwe through partnering with NGOs, direct sales and through the Menstrual Health Specialists Trust of Zimbabwe. Also provides education and training on menstrual health and how to use the Butterfly Cup and Viva Lily pants.
Based in Stockholm. Working in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, India, Nepal, Colombia, Mozambique, Pakistan, USA, Germany and Sweden.
Activities: Access to products and choice. Education. Distribution channels.
Based in Uppsala, Sweden. Working in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, South-Sudan, Zimbabwe, South-Africa, Swaziland, Liberia and Egypt.
Activities: Sponsor of the Menstrual Cup Summit and working with sexual and reproductive health and rights through local partners in Tanzania where menstrual health management is an important component. Focus is on adolescents, education, rural, urban and capacity building.
Partners in Tanzania – Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania; Christian Council of Tanzania; and Tanganyika Christian Refugee Service.
Website and contact: https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/internationelltarbete
Based in USA. Working in Mozambique, Uganda, Nigeria, Mexico, Liberia and Inner-city USA.
Activities: Distribution and training of teachers in schools and clinics; rural and urban, adolescents, refugees, prostitutes, homeless women, menstrual health education and life skills classes. Down-loadable teen comic book. Handmade cotton carrying bags made in Africa to employ women.
Based in London. Working with organisations in Malawi, Kenya, Burkina Faso, India, Norway, Canada and the UK.
Activities: Consultancy services to NGOs and funders reviewing their menstrual health provision to use menstrual cups. This includes advice, capacity building, training of trainers, curriculum development, programme planning, implementation, co-design, and strategy development. The Cup Effect also leads and takes part in global menstrual health advocacy initiatives, with a focus on challenging misconceptions about menstrual cups and promoting informed choice.
Based in Kenya and working in Nairobi, Kenya.
Activities: Training underprivileged girls in Kenya with menstrual cups and comprehensive sexual education, challenging taboos and human rights with boys, teachers, informal leaders and parents.
Website and contact: www.thecup.org
Registered charity based in England. Working in Malawi and Ghana.
Activities: Developing new initiatives with starter menstrual cup projects among vulnerable communities. Advocacy at workshops and conferences.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Dorcas-International-554039251370119/
Based in Tanzania. Working in Kenya and Tanzania.
Activities: Community-based approach of distribution of menstrual cups; and education and conversations to tackle myths and taboos.
Based in Malmo, Sweden. Working in Europe, Namibia, South Africa, Sweden, Guinea Bissau and India.
Activities: Marketing Flowcups with ‘Buy One, Give One’ model and distributing free cups through non-government organisations.
Golden Girls Foundation
Based and working in Kisumu, Kenya.
Activities: Menstrual cup training, distribution and support to disadvantaged adolescent girls and women.
Based in UK, working in Kenya.
Activities: LSTM is a higher education institution dedicated to education, training, research and programme support, with academics trained across broad disciplines including clinical, biological, social and behavioural sciences, statistics, epidemiology, health systems, laboratory sciences, entomology, vector borne diseases, and public health. LSTM supports research and programme activities in countries across the globe. Dr Penelope Phillips-Howard leads a team researching menstrual health and cups in Kenya.
Lunette Menstrual Cups are produced by Finnish company Lune Group.
Activities: Lunette team has a strong vision about giving a comfortable, healthy, zero waste solution for menstruation and breaking the menstrual taboos world wide.
Malawi Girl Guides Association
Based in Lilongwe, Malawi. Working throughout Malawi.
Activities: Conducted first successful feasibility study of menstrual cups with training, distribution and follow up in 2016. Girl Guides and leaders trained in use and training of cups, work in rural and urban areas with partners The Cup Effect, Central African Wilderness Safaris, SafeHands for Mothers and World Menstrual Network.
Facebook page: YESS GIRLS Movement – Malawi Girl Guides Association
Contact: [email protected]
Menstrual Health Hub
Based in London. Working in US, UK, and Australia.
Activities: Global online English language resources. The promotion of menstrual cups as the best menstrual management option available, especially in regard to mental and physical health. A cup can encourage body positivity by allowing users to get to know and appreciate their ‘tabooed’ reproductive anatomy; help users to understand the process of menstruation better.
Based in Kingston, United Kingdom.
Activities: Stocks a range of high quality eco-friendly menstrual products, including menstrual cups shipped worldwide (excluding Mexico). Video blogs give information about use and choice of cups.
Bryony Farmer of Precious Stars explains the differences between brands, materials, design of cups, and experiences using a cup as a young woman.
Based in UK. Working in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Benin and Nepal.
Activities: Through a ‘Buy One Give One’ model and partnerships with non-government organisations, Ruby Cups and education are given to girls and women in vulnerable communities.
Based in London. Worked in 20 countries including Nepal, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi.
Activities: Quality documentary videos about menstrual and reproductive health including Malawi promoting menstrual cups. Partners include Malawi Girl Guides Association, UNICEF, World Health Organisation, Comic Relief, UNFPA, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, IPPF and World Menstrual Network.
Activities: Product innovation start-up company selling affordable, quality Sirona menstrual cups, also chemical-free chafing cream, ‘pee-buddy’, herbal period pain-relief patches and breast milk pads.
‘Down with Pads, to Done with Pads’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMTFaan7M9c
St Peter’s Malawi Education Trust.
Based in Devon, UK, working in Malawi.
Activities: Promoting education and alleviating poverty in Kasungu District, Malawi. We have built classrooms, provided solar lights, mosquito nets and reusable menstrual pads. Now distributing menstrual cups, with local trainers and cleaning pots made in the market. Partners with Malawi Girl Guides Association, Ruby Cups and World Menstrual Network.
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.
Based in USA, working in Kenya.
Activities: Study to assess the impact of menstrual cups compared to routine menstrual hygiene management practices on the vaginal microbiome, Bacterial vaginosis, and sexually transmitted infections among schoolgirls in western Kenya. In partnership with Nyanza Reproductive Health Society, Kenya and the National Institutes of Health.
Study link: https://today.uic.edu/can-menstrual-cups-help-prevent-vaginal-infections
Study link: http://publichealth.uic.edu/global-health-program/supriya-mehta
Contact: [email protected]
Based in Denmark and Uganda. Working in Uganda, Denmark, Kenya and South Sudan.
Activities: An NGO implementing innovative, evidence-based reproductive health solutions with informal education, introducing menstrual cups (and sometimes reusable pads) to girls and women in low-resource settings. Have worked in over 100 sites, including schools, refugee settlements and other vulnerable populations. We develop and implement strategic plans in partnership with local and international partners and technical experts, to scale up interventions.
Based in Toronto, Canada. Working in Uganda, Kenya and Canada.
Activities: Trialing new menstrual cups among rural, urban and refugees; with schoolgirls and adult women. Partner with Grand Challenges Canada, WSSCC, CanWaCH, Ontario Council of International Cooperation, Canadian Society for International Health and LVCT Health Kenya. Managing a project supported by UNFPA Innovation to develop a dual menstrual cup and cervical contraceptive cap with first phase in Uganda, in collaboration with War Child Canada, WoMena, and Public Health Ambassadors Uganda. Menstrual Cups and other period management products are being introduced as per UNFPA requirements, namely, the reusable menstrual pad developed by Days for Girls.
Based in UK. Working in Malawi, Kenya, Nepal and USA.
Activities: Connects and informs organizations working in menstrual health, anywhere in the world and especially East and Southern Africa. WoMeN also advises INGOs and governments on menstrual cup project implementation, educational materials and training. Advocacy on menstrual cups through media, workshops and conferences.
Contact via www.janiehampton.co.uk
Based in Kenya, working in Nairobi and Kilifi.
Activities: Menstrual education activities with rural and urban, girls and women. Partnering with Women’s Global Health Innovations on trialing menstrual cups. Publishes girls’ health magazine, Nia Teen.
The Menstrual Cup Coalition supports the safe use of affordable menstrual cups by sharing knowledge and good practice globally.
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