Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) – Studies on Behaviour and Practices in Senegal and Cameroon (English/French)

At present, there are no public policies in West or Central Africa mentioning menstrual hygiene management. Under the UN Women/Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) joint programme, ˮGender, Hygiene and Sanitationˮ a survey, combined with focus groups discussion and interviews, was conducted in the Louga region of Senegal, in June 2014. The outcomes of this study provided critical information about menstrual hygiene management knowledge and practices in the region.

General Information
Authors: WSSCC/UN Women Publication Date: 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/UN Women No. of Pages: 52

Briefing Note – Menstrual Hygiene Management Behaviour and Practices in the Louga Region, Senegal

Authors: WSSCC/UN Women Publication Date: 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/UN Women No. of Pages: 4

Étude – Gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle – Comportements et pratiques dans la région de Louga, Sénégal

Authors: WSSCC/UN Women Publication Date: 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/UN Women No. of Pages: 52

Note de synthèse – Gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle – Comportements et pratiques dans la région de Louga, Sénégal

Authors: WSSCC/UN Women Publication Date: 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/UN Women No. of Pages: 4

The study of menstrual hygiene management in the Kedougou region (Senegal) is the second in a series of research studies undertaken by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and UN Women as part of the Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation in West and Central Africa. Available information on menstrual hygiene management, (MHM) is extremely limited and behaviour and practices are largely undocumented. The study’s main objective is to establish a database of information on public policies, behaviour and practices with regard to menstrual hygiene management and to analyse their impact on the living conditions of women and girls in this largely rural and impoverished region of Senegal.

Authors: WSSCC/UN Women Publication Date: 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/UN Women No. of Pages: 72

Briefing Note – Menstrual Hygiene Management Behaviour and Practices in the Kedougou Region, Senegal

Authors: WSSCC/UN Women Publication Date: 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/UN Women No. of Pages: 4

Étude – Gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle – Comportements et pratiques dans la région de Kédougou, Sénégal

Authors: WSSCC/UN Women Publication Date: 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/UN Women No. of Pages: 72

Note de synthèse – Gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle – Comportements et pratiques dans la région de Kédougou, Sénégal

Authors: WSSCC/UN Women Publication Date: 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/UN Women No. of Pages: 4

This study is the third in a series by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and UN Women within the Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation in West and Central Africa. The study focused on two localities with different socio-cultural profiles: Kye-Ossi in the south and Bamoungoum in the west. It reports on the current state of MHM-related practices and behaviours and analyses infrastructure and public policies. Additionally the study investigates the availability and relevance of information on MHM and evaluates the impact of the situation on people’s living conditions, their health, educational levels and the employment of women and girls.

Authors: WSSCC/UN Women Publication Date: 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/UN Women No. of Pages: 80

Briefing note – Menstrual Hygiene Management Behaviour and Practices in the Kye-Ossi and Bamoungoum Regions, Cameroon – Findings and recommendations

Authors: WSSCC/UN Women Publication Date: 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/UN Women No. of Pages: 4

Étude – Gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle dans les régions de Kyé-Ossi et Bamoungoum, Cameroun

Authors: WSSCC/UN Women Publication Date: 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/UN Women No. of Pages: 80

Note de synthèse – Gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle dans les régions de Kyé-Ossi et Bamoungoum, Cameroun

Authors: WSSCC/UN Women Publication Date: 2015 Publisher: WSSCC/UN Women No. of Pages: 4

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