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Practices and effects of menstrual hygiene management in rural Bangladesh

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posted on 12.02.2018, 15:11 by Biplob K. Mondal, Md. Keramot Ali, T. Dewan, T. Tasnim
This study explored the existing practices on menstrual hygiene management of the girls and women in rural Bangladesh. It has also depicted the associated effects against existing practices linking with school attendance, performance, affordability of menstrual products etc. The results of the study are retrieved using both quantitative and qualitative research methods i.e. questionnaire survey, focus group discussion, key informant interviews etc. Study revalued that 91% school girls use old unhygienic cloths while 9% use improved products. Above 90% girls dispose pads un-hygienically which is not environment friendly. Among the girls, 48% miss 3 or more days causing bad performance on their results. And, 86% girls reported that improved menstrual items are not affordable for them. Improper menstrual management is identified a barrier of women empowerment. For a way forward, integrating menstrual hygiene management interventions with relevant development programmes are recommended to improve the exiting state.



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MONDAL, B.K. ... et al, 2017. Practices and effects of menstrual hygiene management in rural Bangladesh. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Local action with international cooperation to improve and sustain water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services: Proceedings of the 40th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 24-28 July 2017, Paper 2578, 6pp.


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