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Improving menstrual hygiene facilities in secondary schools: Initiative from BRAC-WASH program

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Improving menstrual hygiene facilities in secondary schools: Initiative from BRAC-WASH program

  1. 1. Asia Regional Sanitation and Hygiene Practitioners Workshop 31Jan - 2 Feb, 2012, Dhaka, BangladeshImproving Menstrual Hygiene Facilities in Secondary Schools: Initiatives from BRAC-WASH Program Dr. Babar Kabir, Milan Kanti Barua & Mahjabeen Ahmed www.brac.net
  2. 2. Outline• Introduction• Initiatives from BRAC-WASH to improve menstrual hygiene in secondary schools• Means of maintenance• Experiences from the field www.brac.net
  3. 3. Introduction• Menstruation is a natural process• In her life a woman has to manage 3000 days of menstruation including 450 days from grade IV to X (Nahar and Ahmed, 2006) www.brac.net
  4. 4. Introduction• Poor menstrual hygiene can cause urinary tract or reproductive tract infections (Fernandes,2010 ; Dasgupta & Sarkar,2008)• Inadequate and inappropriate sanitation facilities prevent many adolescent girls from attending classes esp. during their menstruation www.brac.net
  5. 5. Initiatives from BRAC-WASH• Hardware Support• Hygiene Education www.brac.net
  6. 6. Means of maintenance• Student Brigade – 24 members• School WASH Committee – 14 members• Creation of fund and availability of sanitary napkins www.brac.net
  7. 7. Some ActivitiesSchool Latrine Construction 3960 schoolsTeachers Orientation 7404 participantsStudent Brigade Training 16077 participants www.brac.net
  8. 8. Experiences from the fieldChallenges• Lack of resources• Fund for maintenance• Latrine number is inadequate• Affordability of sanitary napkins www.brac.net
  9. 9. Experiences from the field• Girls are now attending schools with confidence and comfort even during their menstruation• Provision of sanitary napkins in schools www.brac.net
  10. 10. Thank You www.brac.net

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