Menstrual Hygiene Management in Bangladesh: An Analysis of the MHM Interventions
According to the World Bank (2019), over 500 million women and girls globally live without adequate facilities of menstrual hygiene management. Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) is the key hygiene process for women to maintain during their menstrual cycle every month, which is an integral part of their reproductive health and overall well-being.
Multiple factors hinder the proper hygiene management involving this natural phenomena which not only affects the health of women but also their rights to equality and empowerment.
To understand the context of the MHM situation and relevant interventions in Bangladesh, Share-Net Bangladesh (SNBD) conducted a research study aimed to generate a critical analysis of MHM interventions considering the target groups, geographical presence, disability inclusion, and the method of those interventions.
The result shows that the current and past interventions mainly cover a total 28 districts out of all 64 districts in Bangladesh. Further on, the analysis covers the special features of the ongoing projects, menstrual product preferences, supply of the hygiene products, focus areas of the ongoing interventions and the involvement of men in those projects/interventions.
The study provides recommendations, namely community-based outreach programmes, focusing on MHM in schools, the supply chain management of the hygiene products and so on for effective results in ensuring proper hygiene management.