28 May is Menstrual Hygiene Day. In Bangladesh, BRAC field staff are working hard to “end the hesitation around menstruation” especially in schools.
BRAC staff member (left) from Jessore district with sanitary napkins for schools. Photo: Petra Brussee/IRC
Field staff of BRAC WASH in Bangladesh talk just as easily about menstrual hygiene as they do about water seals for toilets or hand pumps. At community level menstrual hygiene messages are included in the programme for adolescent girls and young women. Since 2006 about 45 million community cluster meetings have been organised.
In rural areas rags are used by women who cannot afford sanitary napkins. Field staff discuss menstrual hygiene with adolescent girls and young women, for example on how to wash rags with soap and dry them in the sun. They are also encouraged to speak up about menstrual hygiene says Abu Taleb Biswas of BRAC WASH in Hygiene Promotion – the backbone of BRAC WASH: “Women and adolescent girls learn to speak up about menstrual hygiene issues, something that was nearly unthinkable even a few years ago.”
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Each year 290,000 women die from complications during pregnancy, birth and the neonatal period; and, an estimated 10 to 20 million women suffer from related health complications. Almost 90% of the maternal deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Much of this is preventable through practices that have long been established.
The Simavi study reviews published literature describing the impact of water, sanitation and hygiene on maternal health and mortality.
By Chris Chambers, 12-09-2008
2008 is the United Nations International Year of Sanitation – and there’s a good reason for it with an estimated 2.6 billion people, forty per cent of the world’s population, having no access to a toilet. And in many cases, a toilet that is available can be a health hazard in itself. (…)
It’s a target that seems highly unlikely to be met but there are numerous organisations around the world that are trying to improve the situation. One of them is SIMAVI, a Dutch NGO that’s been working for more than eighty years to improve the health conditions for the very poorest people in Asia and Africa. (…)
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