The annual virtual conference on MHM in schools provides a vital global platform for practitioners and policy makers to share ideas, discuss approaches to common problems, and to assess progress against the five priorities of the ‘MHM in Ten’ agenda. Now in its seventh year, the conference illustrated some of the successes and challenges we face if we are to realise the MHM in Ten priorities that will improve girls’ lives by 2024.
This year’s virtual conference was held on October 30, 2018, as part of the Water & Health Conference, hosted by the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the USA. It was streamed online for the second year, reaching an estimated 1,300 participants around the world. The registered participants represented the increasing diversity of the global MHM community, with over 100 countries represented. The participants included representatives from government ministries, civil society organizations, donor agencies, academic institutions, private sector companies, and United Nations agencies. Participants came from the WASH, education, gender, health and adolescent development sectors.