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Dec 11, 2018

Menstrual Hygiene Management and You!

Many girls and women face difficulties with managing their menstruation safely.  Aside from existing taboos, the ability for women and girls to manage their periods is affected by several factors such as limited access to affordable and hygienic sanitary materials and disposal options.  As a result, many of them are left to deal with menstruation in ineffective, uncomfortable and unhygienic ways.  In Belize, a survey called the Menstrual Hygiene Management Study was conducted across a number of primary schools during which UNICEF spoke with principals, teachers and students, both male and female.  The results of that study were introduced today at the Radisson.

 

Paulette Wade

Paulette Wade, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, UNICEF

“This morning we’re launching the report from the Menstrual Hygiene Management Study.  This study was a qualitative study that was done in twenty schools across the country looking at menstrual hygiene management and what is there within the schools and the immediate environment around the schools to support girls in managing their menstrual hygiene.  And so, we interviewed boys and girls ages ten to fourteen.  We had interviews with parents, we did interviews with principals and teachers, including, we did observations of all the bathroom facilities in those schools, as well as all the shop within one block radius of the schools to try to assess whether or not the products were available and affordable for girls. In the beginning there has been an HFLE curriculum that was put in the schools to support the teachers in terms of giving this information to girls.  Unfortunately, what we’ve heard in the survey is that many times the boys are not a part of this education, they’re put outside, they’re asked to go and play ball or something while the information is taught and I think that this is a missed opportunity because boys should also be able to understand what’s happening for a girl and how to support them in this because in the future they will be fathers, they will be husbands and so they need to be able to understand.”

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