According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, “Good menstrual hygiene practices Click Here are essential to gynecologic health, mental health, social connections, and career performance. Globally, millions of women and girls lack access to sanitary menstrual hygiene products and face challenges in maintaining their menstrual hygiene in a private, safe, and dignified manner. Being unable to afford menstrual hygiene products is a reality for many women and girls who menstruate. Women and girls who do not have proper and adequate resources to manage their monthly cycle may also face stigma and embarrassment”.
In June 2021, Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, disclosed that over 37 million Nigerian women and girls of reproductive age lack access to menstrual hygiene products due to a lack of funds.
In Tanzania, over 50% of Tanzanians lack access to menstrual hygiene products and information about menstrual hygiene health. Women and girls are at risk for poor physical or reproductive health, which causes a negative effect (Moloney, 2020).
UNICEF states that girls in remote parts of the world, like some areas in Nigeria and Tanzania without access to pads, may use rags, leaves, or other unsanitary methods, resulting in infections or severe health complications.
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