Mongolia is a sparsely populated country of about 3 million people, where nearly just a quarter of the population lives in rural areas. Life expectancy at birth is 69 years. Its per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Purchasing Power Parity, is 12189 (USD). Enrollment in secondary education is high for girls, above 90% for the years where there are data (2009, 2010, and 2015).[1]

The current UNICEF programme in Mongolia influences public policies, systems and budgets to deliver results for children. Strategies include provision of high-level technical expertise in child-related areas, generation of high-quality data and analysis and sustained advocacy to develop child sensitive policies, programmes and budgets.[2]

The WinS4Girls program aimed to improve the technical capacity of teachers, sensitive stakeholders, and develop the knowledge and skills of girls for MHM.

Quick Facts
Percentage of schools with:
Basic drinking water
Basic sanitation or toilets

Literacy rate for youth (15 - 24 years old) 98
Primary education completion rate 98
Secondary education completion rate 65
Gender parity rate in secondary schools competition (number of females to male) 1.4


Global Education Monitoring Report, Education for People and Planet: Creating Sustainable Solutions for All. UNESCO, 2016. Paris, FR.


  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports.
  • Ministry of Health.
  • Center for Social Work Excellence NGO.
  • Emory University, USA.
  • Mongolian State University of Education.
  • National Center for Public Health.
  • WASH Action of Mongolia NGO.


Under WinS4Girls, UNICEF worked with ministries of education and other partners at national level (typically through MHM Working Groups) to develop and promote a MHM intervention package informed by the WinS4Girls formative research.

Depending on the country, the intervention packages have taken different forms in response to the diverse needs expressed by girls, their teachers, and their families during the research. For example, they may include national or sub-national policies and guidelines; learning and communication materials; and training modules for teachers, health workers, and peer educators. In some cases, the package has included infrastructure development and pad production or distribution.

The package includes the following:

  • MHM handbooks for school children peer-educators and teenage girl students.
  • MHM recommendation for teachers and administrators to work with their girl learners.
  • TV spot, an advocacy video directed at girls, but designed to raise awareness of the general population as well.
  • MHM bookmark, a learner-friendly medium for reminding girls about the MHM.
  • Poster, an instructional tool for the school community.
  • Interactive website designed specifically for girl learners to understand puberty and MHM.


The team conducted extensive research with teachers, learners, parents, and administrators through focus group discussions and interviews. The objective of the research was to understand the current situation in schools concerning the physical state of infrastructure and the attitudes and perceptions of key stakeholders of MHM. The team focused on dormitories and rural schools.

Visit the Resources Section to download the implementation package