Translating the evidence on reducing menstrual hygiene stigma in adolescents into to practice through “sport for development”

Step one, develop and implement workshops in Uganda on menstrual hygiene stigma including sensitisation to current evidence; Step two, work with adolescents to design an intervention to be implemented in school-sports environment; Step three, select intervention and implement, alongside closest traditional equivalent; Step 4, assess reach and short-term impact of selected intervention compared with traditional equivalent.

Where does the project lie on the Translational Pathway?

T3 – Evidence into Practice

Expected Outputs

Key publications: 1) Impact of participation in development of intervention on participant’s experiences of/relationship with intervention. 2) Impact of participation in development of intervention of soft skills/leadership. 3) Acceptability and equity of sports-based menstrual hygiene stigma reduction intervention development and delivery 4) Effectiveness of designed intervention on reduction menstrual hygiene stigma.

Impact: Evidence on the effectiveness or otherwise in engaging participants in intervention design in sport for development, and evidence on the effectiveness or otherwise of sport as a vehicle for putting evidence into practices for stigma reduction in communities.

Training Opportunities


Skills Required

Experience in, and/or understanding of, principles and procedures of programme monitoring and evaluation; well-developed communication and inter-personal skills; experience or interest in applied field work in SSA context

Key Publications associated with this project

Phillips-Howard, P.A., et al., Menstrual hygiene management among adolescent schoolgirls in low-and middle-income countries: research priorities. Global health action, 2016. 9(1): p. 33032.

Miiro, G., et al., Menstrual health and school absenteeism among adolescent girls in Uganda (MENISCUS): a feasibility study. BMC Womens Health, 2018. 18(1): p. 4

Heijnders, M. and S. Van Der Meij, The fight against stigma: an overview of stigma-reduction strategies and interventions. Psychology, health & medicine, 2006. 11(3): p. 353-363.

Denison, J.A., et al., Youth engagement in developing an implementation science research agenda on adolescent HIV testing and care linkages in sub-Saharan Africa. AIDS (London, England), 2017. 31(Suppl 3): p. S195

Dorgbetor, G., Mainstreaming MHM in schools through the play-based approach: lessons learned from Ghana. Waterlines, 2015. 34(1): p. 41-50.

LSTM Themes and Topics – Key Words

Applied health


The call for applications for the 2020-21 round of studentships is now OPEN. Deadline for receipt of complete application 23:59 13th February 2020

Further information on the programme and application process can be found here