There is an increase in attention on girls’ education by the global development community. As a result, we have seen improved retention and grade promotion for girls in many countries.With this progress, we find ourselves confronting both new challenges and opportunities for girls to achieve an equitable education. Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is one among several challenges and opportunities – and it is the focus of these guidelines.

Adolescents face numerous barriers to continuing their education related to the onset of menses, as many children receive little to no information concerning puberty, the biology of menstruation or hygienic methods to manage menstruation. As a result, many are uncomfortable, insecure and ashamed to manage their menstruation.

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