The Last Taboo: Menstrual hygiene management in the Pacific

Yasmin Mohamed, Chelsea Huggett, Alison Macintyre, Donna McSkimming, Dani Barrington, Kelly Durrant, Lisa Natoli

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Key messages
• A formative study in Solomon Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea (PNG) found that adolescent girls and women face multiple challenges to managing menstruation effectively and with dignity.
• These challenges interact, and have the potential to negatively influence physical and emotional health, participation at school, work and in the community, and impact on the environment.
• Improving menstrual hygiene requires a comprehensive approach that considers the determinants of menstrual health, with a focus on improving knowledge; challenging harmful norms; maintaining quality water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, including disposal mechanisms; and ensuring sustainable access to good quality, acceptable menstrual hygiene products.
Original languageEnglish
TypePolicy Brief
PublisherBurnet Institute
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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    Mohamed, Y., Huggett, C., Macintyre, A., McSkimming, D., Barrington, D., Durrant, K., & Natoli, L. (2018). The Last Taboo: Menstrual hygiene management in the Pacific. Melbourne, Australia: Burnet Institute.