In rural Tanzania, women’s menstruation is often still a taboo subject. The idea of “impurity” means that girls do not receive adequate support from home, school or their social environment in dealing with their periods. In addition, access to hygiene products is almost non-existent – only 2% of schoolgirls in the whole of Tanzania use tampons or pads. Alternatives such as scraps of cloth or raw cotton are often unhygienic. So are the sanitary conditions of the schools, so that many girls regularly stay away from class.
The workshops on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), which are carried out by the WaterFoundation together with its partner MSABI, will provide a remedy in the Kilombero region.
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