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Menstruation hygiene management for schoolgirls in low-income countries

This fact sheet outlines the problems experienced by menstruating schoolgirls in low-income countries. Although its focus is predominantly sub-Saharan Africa, many of the issues raised are relevant to girls in most low-income countries, although there may be differences in popular practice and beliefs. The fact sheet also evaluates simple solutions to these problems including the use of low-cost sanitary pads, and suggests ways in which menstruation hygiene management (MHM) can be included in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes. It considers how menstrual practices are affected by cultural beliefs and the lack of education both at home and at school. [authors abstract]

TitleMenstruation hygiene management for schoolgirls in low-income countries
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsCrofts, T., Coates, S., Fisher, J.
Secondary TitleWEDC Fact sheet [Water, Engineering and Development Centre]
Volume7
Pagination8 p.; ill.; 3 fig.; 2 tab.
Date Published2012-07-01
PublisherWater, Engineering and Development Centre, Loughborough University of Technology, WEDC
Place PublishedLoughborough, UK
Keywordshygiene, menstruation, personal hygiene, social aspects, social processes
Abstract

This fact sheet outlines the problems experienced by menstruating schoolgirls in low-income countries. Although its focus is predominantly sub-Saharan Africa, many of the issues raised are relevant to girls in most low-income countries, although there may be differences in popular practice and beliefs. The fact sheet also evaluates simple solutions to these problems including the use of low-cost sanitary pads, and suggests ways in which menstruation hygiene management (MHM) can be included in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes. It considers how menstrual practices are affected by cultural beliefs and the lack of education both at home and at school. [authors abstract]

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