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Female Refugees Lack Access To Menstrual Supplies, Safe Toilets, Study Shows

Reuters Health: Refugees lack menstrual supplies and private, safe toilets
“Girls and women forced to flee their homes in Myanmar and Syria lack menstruation supplies and safe, private toilets, a new study finds. … ‘It has been an overlooked issue,’ [Marni Sommer, a professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health,] said in a phone interview. ‘People say this is not life or death, so why should we pay attention to this?’ She is paying attention because girls skip school and other activities when they lack menstruation supplies and facilities in which to change…” (Cohen, 11/6).

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