An Exploratory Study into Menstrual Hygiene Management amongst Rural High School for Girls in the North West Province, South Africa

Bornwell Chishala Chikulo

Abstract


Menstruation remains a taboo subject and presents many challenges to girl learners in South Africa. Cultural taboos about menstruation also have a negative impact on the dignity, school participation and health of girl learners. This study explores the menstrual hygiene practices and knowledge of girls at 10 rural government high schools in the North West Province. The study focuses on themes related to knowledge, practices, beliefs, and challenges related to menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and the use of the menstrual cup. The findings identified a knowledge deficit on MHM amongst girl learners between the knowledge base of girls and the information reportedly taught in schools by educators and passed on by parents. The inadequate toilet facilities and knowledge deficit on MHM contributes to school absenteeism.


Keywords


Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), Menses, Menstruation; Menstruation cup; Sanitation; WASH

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11564/29-2-777

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