Menstruation (also termed period) is the is normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of the monthly cycle of adolescent girls and pre-menopausal women. And menstrual hygiene management is vital to lead wholesome, very productive and truly fulfilling lives.
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is described as the process whereby “women and adolescent girls use a clean menstrual hygiene management material to absorb or collect blood that can be changed in privacy as often as necessary for the duration of the menstruation period, using soap and water for washing their bodies as required, and having access to facilities to dispose of used menstrual management material.”
(UNICEF, WHO 2014)
Unfortunately, there is global evidence of period poverty—a lack of adequate materials, facilities as well as guidance for young girls and women to properly manage their periods. An estimated 500 million females lack access to proper MHM products.
In Nigeria—where approximately 44% of the population are facing extreme poverty with income of less than N920 ($1.90) per day—heavy tax on menstrual products puts the cost of a pack of pads at about N630 ($1.30) forcing many menstruating females into unhygienic practices, like using rough newspapers or cloth torn from dresses and cotton fabric in place of pads.
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