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Analysis of menstrual hygiene practices in Nepal: the role of WASH in Schools programme for girls education

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posted on 01.11.2018, 11:53 by Surendra B. Dhakal, Nepali Sah, S. Shrestha, Tameez Ahmad
In Nepal, 48% of women and girls are between the ages of 15-44. Though menstruation is a natural process, it remains a taboo and is stigmatized, and in worst case scenarios promotes negative cultural practices impacting the lives, health, and safety of women and girls. UNICEF conducted a research to explore the socio-cultural practices related to menstruation and management and consequences pertaining to girls’ education. The research indicated that despite availability of WASH facilities in schools, girls often struggled to manage their menstruation hygiene confidently and effectively. Many girls experienced shame, fear, confusion, teasing, lack of accurate information and advice. 15 to 22% of girls missed schools due to menstruation. The research found a significant impact of WASH Programme with 53% of girls in Bajura district using sanitary pads. The study recommends multidimensional interventions to address the issues identified. This paper presents aimed at sharing the results from this study.

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The authors would like to extend thanks to Health Research and Social Development Forum (HERD) for carrying out this study on behalf of UNICEF Nepal.

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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  • Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)

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Transformation towards sustainable and resilient WASH services: Proceedings of the 41st WEDC International Conference

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DHAKAL, S.B. ... et al., 2018. Analysis of menstrual hygiene practices in Nepal: the role of WASH in Schools programme for girls education. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Transformation towards sustainable and resilient WASH services: Proceedings of the 41st WEDC International Conference, Nakuru, Kenya, 9-13 July 2018, paper 2870, 6 pp.

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© WEDC, Loughborough University

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2018

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This is a conference paper.

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en

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Nakuru, Kenya

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