Comprehensive programming for menstrual health in schools in India

WaterAid/Prashanth Vishwanathan

Schools offer a crucial chance for menstrual hygiene programmes to make transformations that will benefit adolescent girls long into their futures. This Menstrual Hygiene Day, Arundati Muralidharan, WaterAid India’s Policy Manager for WASH in Schools, Health, and Nutrition, describes the menstrual hygiene landscape in India’s schools, and the work WaterAid India is doing to improve it.

WaterAid India has a presence in 11 Indian states. Our MHM interventions, while adhering to core components common to all, deploy different strategies to work appropriately with various government departments to improve menstrual hygiene among schoolgirls. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, adolescents in schools, including residential schools, have come together to form core groups of change agents – peer groups that impart information, foster favourable attitudes and offer valuable support to their peers. Core groups have federated at district and state levels to advocate for policy-level change, and are now recognised and called upon as resource persons under government programmes in these two southern states. Read more…

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