Published in: 2020
Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Sanitation for Millions
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
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Approximately 25% of the world population are females aged 15 - 49. Ensuring that women and young girls are able to address and manage their menstruation in a safe and hygienic manner is of utmost importance for public health and safe hygiene. However, the prevailing lack of awareness, persistent tabooization of the topic, socio-cultural beliefs and traditional hygiene practices, as well as missing access to menstruation products and infrastructure can result in poor menstrual health management (MHM). The absence of the topic in school curricula, limited access to information and the scarceness of adequate facilities result in girls missing school days during menstruation or even dropping out of school across the globe.
While there is no specific goal for MHM in the SDGs, safe menstrual health management is an indicator to achieve access to safe sanitation and hygiene (SDG 6.2) and MHM-related issues are implicitly addressed in SDG 4.a (education). Furthermore, safe MHM contributes to the achievement of SDG 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 12.
Sanitation for Millions (2020). Sanitation for Millions Approach towards Menstrual Waste Management - And Menstrual Health. Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Asia & Pacific English Peri-urban Politicians and local decision makers Practitioners Schools Sub-Saharan Africa
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