ACTION FOR MH EDUCATION
WaterAid with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Girls Reached in 2018: 10
Among WaterAid’s far-reaching global efforts on MH education, a campaign in Nepal seeks to become the first MH education programme specifically tailored to people with intellectual impairments in a low- or middle-income country.
The Bishesta Campaign, spearheaded by Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Jane Wilbur, reached ten girls and six carers who were provided with period packs and resources to help educate both the girls and their carers on MHM.
In addition to tools for carrying menstrual products and hygienically disposing of them, the Bishesta Campaign materials include dolls and educational storytelling devices. In these stories, Bishesta – a girl with an intellectual impairment – gets her menstrual products and pain relief from her carer. In using them properly she feels comfortable and confident at home and in public. Her carer Perana motivates her, helps her, and supports her in understanding her body’s changes.
After facilitators from the Down Syndrome Society Nepal implemented the programme, Wilbur assessed the effectiveness of the tools she developed. “More of the young people now use a menstrual product, and all of them know where to get a clean one,” she reported. “None of them have shown their menstrual blood in public since the start of the campaign, and most are using pain relief for menstrual cramps. Many carers said that the young people’s ability to manage menstruation more independently has increased their comfort, confidence and autonomy during menstruation.”
We’re excited to see more results from the Bishesta Campaign as it is scaled up to reach more girls and their carers!