- On average a woman menstruates for about 7 years during their lifetime.
- The first period can be met with either celebration, fear or concern. For every girl, this signifies an important transition to womanhood – a time when they would benefit from the support of family and friends.
- Many girls do not have complete and accurate understanding of menstruation as a normal biological process. Educating girls before their first period and, importantly, boys on menstruation, builds their confidence, contributes to social solidarity and encourages healthy habits. Such information should be provided at home and at school.
- Poor menstrual hygiene management can pose physical health risks and has been linked to reproductive and urinary tract infections. Many school girls who have limited options for affordable menstrual sanitary pads. Providing access to private facilities with water and safer low-cost menstrual materials could reduce urogenital diseases.
- Girls and women with disabilities and special needs face additional challenges with menstrual hygiene and are affected disproportionately with lack of access to toilets with water and materials to manage their period.
- We provide reusable sanitary pads to specially school-going girls.
- Globally, 2.3 billion people lack basic sanitation services and in least developed countries (LDCs) only 27% of the population has a hand washing facility with water and soap at home. Managing periods at home is a major challenge for women and adolescent girls who lack these basic facilities at home.
- About half of the schools in low-income countries lack adequate drinking water, sanitation and hygiene crucial for girls and female teachers to manage their period. Inadequate facilities can affect girls’ experience at school, causing them to miss school during their period. All schools should provide running water, safe and clean toilets for adolescent girls.
- LIDEISA works schools, girls to provide information about menstruation, promote positive hygiene habits and break down taboos. We also aim at providing adequate LIDEISA reusable sanitary pads, soap and water to schools in poorest rural-based Ugandan regions.
Key Facts On Menstruation