Prioritising Menstrual Health and Hygiene During Emergencies

Menstrual health and hygiene management (MHHM) must be integrated into the response to emergencies. | Picture courtesy: WaterAid India/Altaf AhmedBy External SourceJul 6 2021 (IPS) Over the last few years, the world has witnessed accelerated action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment. This has also led to significant interest in menstrual health and hygiene management (MHHM) as a critical factor in girls’ education and women’s participation in many spheres of life.  In India, this has led to the introduction of evidence-based guidelines and schemes to enable access to menstrual hygiene products. In 2015, the erstwhile Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (currently, the Ministry of Jal Shakti) launched national guidelines for menstrual hygiene management for school-going adolescent girls. This led to the introduction of state-level operational guidelines in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, and Jharkhand. Odisha and Rajasthan introduced schemes to improve access to menstrual products for adolescent girls from poor and marginalised groups. India has also witnessed innovations that expand menstrual hygiene product choice and deliver sustainable menstrual waste management solutions. In many disaster settings, temporary or mobile toilets and bathing facilities are established. However, menstrual waste disposal remains a challenge. Some simple, temporary solutions include providi...
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Rev Neurol (Paris). 2021 Sep 11:S0035-3787(21)00651-2. doi: 10.1016/j.neurol.2021.09.001. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTWe performed an online survey to assess lockdown impact in 176 patients with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) in the north of France. Access to healthcare was reduced for 38% of PwMS, mainly in physiotherapy, general practitioners and neurologists. 49.2% have implemented self-rehabilitation programs. Medical support was maintained for 39.2% through teleconsultations. 76.2% reported a negative impact of lockdown related to worsen disability. 45.5% expressed beneficial effects like strengthening family relationshi...
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This article explores how the COVID-19 pandemic superimposed on health disparities directly and indirectly affects children, adolescents, and their caregivers.PMID:34538304 | PMC:PMC8445754 | DOI:10.1016/j.pcl.2021.05.013
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