Menstrual Hygiene Day Addresses Challenges Around Sanitation, Hygiene

News outlets report on the world’s first Menstrual Hygiene Day, recognized on May 28.

The Guardian: Menstruation misery for schoolgirls as sanitation woes hit hopes for the future
“…The plight of [inadequate sanitation facilities for] girls … has prompted several charities to try to boost awareness of women’s sanitary needs during menstruation. The coalition — which includes Water Aid, Save the Children, the Institute of Reproductive Health, International Rescue, and Plan — has launched the world’s first menstrual hygiene day on 28 May to draw attention to the many girls forced to miss school each month because of inadequate toilet or washing facilities and insufficient access to sanitary towels…” (Bax, 5/28).

Inter Press Service: Indian Girls Break Taboos on Menstrual Hygiene
“…Also known as the Great WASH Yatra, [Nirmal Bharat Yatra] aims to ‘improve policy and practice in an extremely challenging and taboo area of sanitation and hygiene: Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).’ Launched in 2012, the 150,000-dollar campaign — generously supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — will continue until 2016…” (Paul, 5/28).

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