Absenteeism from school was 17 percent higher among girls who had no access to sanitary towels or information about puberty
LONDON, Dec 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – School attendance improves when girls in sub-Saharan Africa are taught about menstruation and given free sanitary towels, boosting their job prospects and self-esteem, researchers said on Wednesday.
A team from Oxford University carried out a trial involving 1,000 girls at eight schools in Uganda, providing girls in six schools with sanitary pads, information on menstruation and a combination of both.
In the largest trial of its kind, it found absenteeism from school was 17 percent higher among girls who had no access to sanitary towels or information about puberty.
“Many girls don’t know about periods before they encounter their first one,” said Paul Montgomery, lead author of the report published in the journal PLOS.
“They are totally unprepared …
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