Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health (CoE WCH), The Aga Khan University organized a consultation workshop on MHM with provincial stakeholders on in collaboration with Menstrual Hygiene Management Working Group Pakistan (MHM-WGP) to formalize the efforts of addressing the inclusion of MHM in all working and learning environments.
Adolescence in girls has been recognized as a special time marked with the onset of menarche. Even though menstruation is a natural process and represents a key sign of reproductive well-being, it is associated with misconceptions, malpractices and challenges among girls in developing countries.
A research on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) conducted by Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, AKU Pakistan has revealed major gaps in knowledge and practices and various factors causing poor management of menstrual hygiene such as dearth of awareness, taboo and beliefs, socio-cultural practices, poor access to water and sanitation at home, lack of access to affordable sanitary products, absence of private and hygienic facilities for washing and changing of sanitary napkins, as well as lack of facilities for proper disposal of used sanitary products. The study also shows that more than a third (39.8%) of menstruating women did not use an absorbent. This research was led by Dr. Sajid Soofi and presented by Sahar Yameen.
To prioritize women & girl’s Menstrual health and hygiene, the National MHM Working group in collaboration with Prime Minister’s Clean Green Pakistan Movement organized four days Training of Trainers (ToT) for official of the government department and development sectors in Karachi from 10 – 13th November 2020 with support from WSSCC and Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, The Aga Khan University Karachi, Pakistan.
The group agreed to strengthen Provincial Working Group, Sindh chapter by facilitation of CoE WCH, AKU to initiate, incorporate, and advocate for menstrual health and hygiene, so the girls/women are able to manage their menstruation in a comfortable, safe and dignified way.