Menstrual hygiene means access to hygienic products to absorb or collect menstrual blood, privacy to change the materials, and access to facilities to dispose of used menstrual materials. It also include broader systemic factors that link menstruation with health, well-being, gender equality, education, equity, empowerment, and right. This can be particularly challenging for girls and women in under-developed countries, where clean water and toilet facilities are often inadequate. Menstruation can be a barrier to education for many girls, as a lack of effective sanitary products restricts girls' involvement in educational and social activities.
MHD creates awareness for information about menstrual hygiene management issues in the media. MHD offers an opportunity to actively advocate for the integration of menstrual hygiene management into global, national and local policies and programmes.
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