Improving menstrual hygiene facilities in secondary schools Initiatives from BRAC-WASH Program

Dr. Babar Kabir, Milan Kanti Barua & Mahjabeen Ahmed
IRC, BRAC, WaterAid
31 January 2012

A key priority for women and girls is to have necessary knowledge, facilities, and cultural environment to manage menstruation hygienically and with dignity. To address these issues BRAC-WASH along with financial support from school authorities is constructing separate sanitary latrines for girls with menstrual hygiene facilities in secondary schools. For better management and maintenance of the provided facilities, ‘Student brigades’ and ‘School WASH Committees’ are formed in each school. To further sensitize the students and teachers, training and orientations have been organized in different parts of Bangladesh. School authorities are being made conscious to make sanitary napkins available for girls in schools in times of need. Field experience shows girls are now attending schools with much more confidence and comfort even during their menstruation. Though a large number of schools are optimistic in addressing the issues surrounding menstrual hygiene there are some obstacles too, however the program is trying its best to overcome the problems.


Paper presented at the Asia Regional Sanitation and Hygiene Practitioners Workshop, Dhaka, 2012.

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