Challenges of menstrual hygiene management in emergencies revealed

A lack of effective, coordinated approaches for assisting vulnerable women to manage their menstruation with dignity in challenging settings around the world remains.

This is according to new research by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, US.

They also found that the menstrual management needs of girls and women in transit, such as those walking days to find shelter and arriving at borders, are particularly overlooked.

According to the researchers, menstrual hygiene management requires easy access to safe, private water and sanitation facilities, as well as appropriate materials and supplies, discreet disposal management and basic information on menstrual hygiene.

However, they explained that a significant gap exists in the information available and practical guidance for those responding to emergencies around the world.

The researchers discovered that caretakers of girls with special needs struggled to assist them with managing menstruation, particularly when girls only had male caretakers. They also found that response staff themselves needed training to improve their confidence in consulting girls and women on what is often seen as a taboo topic.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801846663-ADNFCR