A discussion on Menstrual Hygiene Management in Bangladesh

Share-Net Bangladesh recently celebrated the global Menstrual Hygiene Day through an interactive event on Menstrual Hygiene Management, held at James P. Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), BRAC University.

Share-Net Bangladesh is a platform to share knowledge and information on sexual and reproductive health rights in Bangladesh. Menstrual hygiene management is vital to avoid several reproductive health issues that young girls and women in Bangladesh suffer from. Menstrual hygiene does not only affect reproductive health, but also mental health of the girls being stigmatized by the surrounding which keeps them from seeking and reaching for the right information and services concerning menstrual hygiene management.

The event was graced with various public health and development experts and practitioners as well as private organizations working toward a better life for women regarding menstrual hygiene management. The event started with opening remarks from Professor Syed Masud Ahmed, Director of Centre of Excellence, Universal Health Care, JPGSPH, BRAC University.

The event then proceeded onto a presentation by Ms. Mahbuba KumKum, Program Manager of ‘RITU’ by SIMAVI- which emphasized on breaking taboos and changing practices of menstrual hygiene management through a school campaign.

Followed by another presentation by Mr. Edward Prokash Bala, Head of Research, Square Pharmaceuticals and Ms. Tehsina Khanom, Brand Manager, Senora Sanitary Napkin. Mr. Bala shared an interesting fact about the revolutionary TVC advertisement of the sanitary napkin ‘SENORA’ that reached a 50% increase in sales following the advertisement where a father purchased sanitary napkins for his daughter being concerned about her reproductive health.

The importance of open conversation regarding menstruation is fundamental for menstrual hygiene management.

We thank our guests for their interactive discussion session that also addressed lesser known issues of menstrual management such as sanitary napkin waste management and period pain management: Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Naripokkho, UNFPA, Population Council, Sajida Foundation, BRAC Health, Nutrition and Population Programme, BBC Media Action, Maya, Reproductive Health Services Training and Education Program (RHSTEP), Initiatives for Married Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment (IMAGE), SNV World, UBR Bangladesh Alliance.

Share-Net Bangladesh is a joint initiative of Center for Gender, Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights (CGSRHR), James P. Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), BRAC University and Red Orange Media and Communication to promote a hub for knowledge sharing on sexual and reproductive health rights in Bangladesh.

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