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Episode 003: De-Stigmatizing Menstruation with Nancy Muller

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Nancy Muller (she/her/ hers) is PATH’s former Senior Program Officer in women’s health and menstruation, with more than 30 years of experience in the global health field. She currently works as an independent consultant at the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, where her team strives to break down the barriers of menstrual awareness by improving health systems globally. 

Today, Nancy joins us to share her personal experiences in the field and discuss various menstruation products and sanitation technologies in India and Africa. We will also discuss gender roles in the menstrual movement, including the importance of women leaders and supportive male allies.

Connect on LinkedIn | Get in touch via email: muller.nancy@gmail.com 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition

PATH

Menstrual Health Supplies Workstream

Highlights:

  • The importance of normalizing and de-stigmatizing menstruation
  • The impact of educational access barriers in certain countries
  • Nancy’s work with improving health technologies
  • Women as leaders of dialogue: expanding the conversation

Bio:

Nancy Muller is a Senior Global Health Consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the field. Currently, she works as an independent consultant at the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, where her team strives to break down the barriers of menstrual awareness by improving health systems globally. 

Prior to joining RHSC, Nancy spent several decades working for PATH – most recently as a senior program officer. In that role, she conducted qualitative research to evaluate and introduce innovative immunization and maternal and child health technologies and systems in low- and middle-income countries. 

Nancy led PATH’s menstrual health team for 12 years, leveraging user-centered product design, market access and advocacy to improve health outcomes for women and girls. She designed and conducted mixed-methods evaluations on technologies and systems for menstrual health, immunization (cold chain, injection safety and health care waste management) and improved cookstoves. 

Nancy also managed innovative, integrated maternal and newborn health programs to strengthen the delivery of preventive services and health education on immunization, micronutrients, neonatal care and reproductive health. Prior to joining PATH, she worked in Britain and Seattle on refugee development projects. Nancy holds a Master’s Degree in International Management.

Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams is Chief Communications Officer of Days for Girls International. She is also the host of The Days for Girls Podcast. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University in Communications and a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications from The University of Oregon. She is also an adjunct instructor for the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business Nonprofit MBA program.