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CROFTS, T. (2012): Menstruation Hygiene Management for Schoolgirls in Low-Income Countries. (= Fact Sheet 7). Loughborough: Water, Engineering and Development Center (WEDC). URL [Accessed: 05.08.2013].

This factsheet outlines the problems experienced by menstruating schoolgirls in low-income countries. Although its focus is predominantly sub-Saharan Africa, many of the issues raised are relevant to girls in most low-income countries, although there may be differences in popular practices and beliefs. The factsheet also evaluates simple solutions to these problems including the use of low-cost sanitary pads, and suggests ways in which Menstruation Hygiene Management (MHM) can be included in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes. It considers how menstrual practices are affected by cultural beliefs and the lack of education both at home and at school.