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Reusable sanitary towels: promoting menstrual hygiene in post-earthquake Nepal.

Budhathoki, S.S, Bhattachan, M, Pokharel, P.K, Bhadra, M and van Teijlingen, E., 2016. Reusable sanitary towels: promoting menstrual hygiene in post-earthquake Nepal. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care.

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DOI: 10.1136/jfprhc-2016-101481


It is a normal human tendency to 'run for your life' when an earthquake occurs. Adolescent girls and women of reproductive age leave their homes with only the clothes they are wearing to save their own and their families' lives. Immediate disaster relief aid with its (unintentional) lack of gender sensitivity has little or no materials for the appropriate management of menstrual hygiene. The biological needs of disaster-affected women will not change despite the dire need for basic food, shelter and security. Timely identification and preparation beforehand with appropriate and culturally sensitive techniques and locally available materials that are reusable can help introduce sustainable and acceptable means of managing menstrual hygiene in a crisis. The use of reusable sanitary towels is well accepted for menstrual hygiene management in non-disaster situations and is appropriate in post-earthquake relief in Nepal.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sexual and Reproductive health & Rights in emergencies in Nepal ; menstrual hygiene in emergencies ; reusable sanitary towel ; service delivery
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:24533
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:24 Aug 2016 09:24
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:57


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