The arrival of menstruation marks a milestone in the lives of girls and young people worldwide, which in many cases leads to the end of their education due to the lack of latrines in schools and feminine hygiene products. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this situation due to the lack of menstrual hygiene products and price increases, leaving millions of girls and women in a more vulnerable situation, warn NGOs.
Plan International, together with more than 60 of the organization’s menstrual hygiene management professionals in 24 countries, has conducted a study to analyze the impact of the pandemic and measures to curb the spread between girls and women in relation to it Menstruation on the occasion of World Menstrual Hygiene Day, which is celebrated on May 28th.
73 percent of respondents in particular confirm that access to hygiene products is restricted due to bottlenecks or interruptions in the supply chain. 68 percent have indicated a restriction in the use of facilities for changing, cleaning and disposing of medical devices. and 58 percent point to a significant increase in the price of hygiene products.
Other problems identified in the study include reduced access to clean water, less hygienic environments for the disposal of compresses and other products, and increased stigma or harmful cultural practices related to menstruation.