WASH in Schools Empowers Girls' Education in Masbate Province and Metro Manila, Philippines: An Assessment of Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools
Emory University, UNICEF Philippines, Plan Philippines and Save the Children Philippines carried out a qualitative assessment of menstruation-related challenges girls face in school. Girls, boys, teachers and mothers at 10 schools in Masbate Province and the National Capital Region were interviewed for their opinions. This report highlights the challenges girls face in school during menses, describes the determinants of these challenges, and outlines the educational and health impacts of these challenges as voiced by the participants.
Many girls lack the knowledge, support and resources to manage menstruation in school. Few studies have focused on educational impacts such as concentration, class participation, missed class and absenteeism. This assessment aims to understand the scope of educational and health impacts and challenges across settings in order to foster a broad movement towards mitigating challenges presented by menstruation among adolescent girls. Findings focus on the challenges surrounding menstrual hygiene practices from the participants’ perspectives.