Menstrual Hygiene Management and Practices in Campuses

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  • Madhavi Gautam Ghimire Health and Physical Education Department Mahendra Ratna Campus, TU, Kathmandu

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jhp.v8i0.32987

Keywords:

Physical facilities, absorbent materials, menstrual practice, dysmenorrhea, taboos

Abstract

 Studies on menstruation hygiene management (MHM) in education have focused mostly on adolescent school girls indicating the need to investigate this particular phenomenon in the context of higher education. In this study, I wanted to explore the experiences of female students and teachers during menstruation while they are at the campus and document them to unpack the realities of the phenomenon to persuade the campus authorities for better MHM on the campuses. Using the qualitative design, the study is aimed at exploring and probing students and teachers on their MHM practices. This research has nested the life experiences of myself and participants of purposively selected two constituent and one affiliated campuses of Tribhuvan University in the Kathmandu Valley. In-depth interviews with six teachers and focus group discussions with six groups of students were included in this study. The research revealed multiple issues during menstrual hygiene management that include lack of appropriate water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, no access to emergency absorbent during menstruation, no provision of pain killer medicines during uterine cramps (dysmenorrhea) and back-aches and no provision of dust bin for absorbent disposal. This indicates that higher education institutions in Nepal need to pay more attention to ensure dignified menstruation on campus.

 

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Author Biography

Madhavi Gautam Ghimire, Health and Physical Education Department Mahendra Ratna Campus, TU, Kathmandu

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Published

2020-11-22

How to Cite

Ghimire, M. G. (2020). Menstrual Hygiene Management and Practices in Campuses. Journal of Health Promotion, 8, 73–84. https://doi.org/10.3126/jhp.v8i0.32987

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