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Menstrual hygiene management and sustainable development

Menstrual hygiene management and sustainable development

Patterson, Jennifer J. ORCID: 0000-0002-8254-7602 (2019) Menstrual hygiene management and sustainable development. In: Leal Filho, Walter, Marisa Azul, Anabela, Brandli, Luciana, Lange Salvia, Amanda and Wall, Tony, (eds.) Gender Equality. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals . Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3319956886 (doi:

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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is the process of managing menstrual blood, produced during menstruation by females from adolescence until perimenopause. The UNICEF and UNICEF definition highlights the need for “clean menstrual management material to absorb or collect menstrual blood,” and the need for these to be “changed in privacy as often as necessary” during a menstrual period as well as privacy and access to “soap and water for washing the body as required,” and “access to facilities to dispose of used menstrual management materials” (WHO/UNICEF 2012). Effective healthy menstrual hygiene management in this definition involves access – to information, materials, facilities, soap, and water and to dispose of materials but this is by no means the whole story. A number of sociocultural issues and taboos surround the subject of menstruation, making this a challenging topic, locally and globally.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable development goals, menstruation, period poverty
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Education & Community Studies
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Applied Sociology Research Group
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2021 00:58
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Selected for REF2021: REF 3

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