KEEP A GIRL CHILD IN SCHOOL – GOAL R 100 000
Menstrual hygiene is one of the most private and intimate needs of women and due to the social taboos associated with it in rural areas of India, the issue is seldom given the due consideration. The physiological changes and changes in the appearance during puberty with the onset of menarche often leave young girls with lot of mental tension.
Menstruation is still regarded as something unclean or dirty in rural society. Although menstruation is a normal physiological process, there are several myths and misconceptions and practices around it, which most often result in adverse health outcomes.
Girls commonly use cloth because of economic reasons to protect themselves during menstruation and often the cloth is reused and even interchanged among the family members. Hygiene-related practices of women during menstruation are of considerable importance, as it has a health impact in terms of increased vulnerability to reproductive tract infections (RTI). The interaction of socio-economic status, menstrual hygiene practices and RTI are noticeable.
Today millions of women are sufferers of RTI and its complications and often the infection is transmitted to the offspring of the pregnant mother. Many adolescent girls particularly in rural areas find going to school during menstruation a challenge. Many of them absent themselves during this period to avoid embarrassment. This has serious repercussions on two main aspects: education and health of the girl child.
Provision of low cost hygienic napkins at the school level and improving access of napkins in the rural areas are critical interventions that can go a long way in paving the health of women and girl child in South Africa.
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