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A Time for Global Action: Addressing Girls’ Menstrual Hygiene Management Needs in Schools

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Sommer, Marni, Caruso, Bethany A, Sahin, Murat, Calderon, Teresa, Cavill, Sue, Mahon, Therese and Phillips-Howard, Penelope ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1018-116X (2016) 'A Time for Global Action: Addressing Girls’ Menstrual Hygiene Management Needs in Schools'. PLoS Medicine, Vol 13, Issue 2, e1001962.

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Abstract

Summary Points:
There is an absence of guidance, facilities, and materials for schoolgirls to manage their menstruation in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Formative evidence has raised awareness that poor menstrual hygiene management (MHM) contributes to inequity, increasing exposure to transactional sex to obtain sanitary items, with some evidence of an effect on school indicators and with repercussions for sexual, reproductive, and general health throughout the life course.
Despite increasing evidence and interest in taking action to improve school conditions for girls, there has not been a systematic mapping of MHM priorities or coordination of relevant sectors and disciplines to catalyze change, with a need to develop country-level expertise.
Columbia University and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) convened members of academia, nongovernmental organizations, the UN, donor agencies, the private sector, and social entrepreneurial groups in October 2014 (“MHM in Ten”) to identify key public health issues requiring prioritization, coordination, and investment by 2024.
Five key priorities were identified to guide global, national, and local action.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 309 Women's health
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 320 Child Welfare. Child Health Services.
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 530 International health administration
WP Gynecology > WP 100 General works
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 460 Adolescence (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001962
Depositing User: Jessica Jones
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2016 10:37
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2019 14:16
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/5717

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