A Time for Global Action: Addressing Girls’ Menstrual Hygiene Management Needs in Schools

by Marni Sommer, Bethany A. Caruso, Murat Sahin et al.
PLoS Med 13(2): e1001962 – Published: February 23, 2016

9 pp. 204 kB
http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article/asset?
id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001962.PDF
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There is an absence of guidance, facilities, and materials for schoolgirls to manage their menstruation in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Formative evidence has raised awareness that poor menstrual hygiene management (MHM) contributes to inequity, increasing exposure to transactional sex to obtain sanitary items, with some evidence of an effect on school indicators and with repercussions for sexual, reproductive, and general health throughout the life course. Five key priorities were identified to guide global, national, and local action.

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