July 18

Analysis: Menstrual Health And Hygiene Is Unaffordable For Poor Girls And Women In Latin America

By Humberto Márquez

Menstrual hygiene management is elusive for millions of poor women and girls in Latin America, who suffer because their living conditions make it difficult or impossible for them to access resources and services that could make menstruation a simple normal part of life.

“When my period comes, I miss class for three or four days. My family can’t afford to buy the sanitary napkins that my sister and I need. We use cloths for the blood, although they give me an uncomfortable rash,” says Omaira*, a 15-year-old high school student.

Photo courtesy of Natracare.

Source: Eurasia Review (link opens in a new window)

Health Care, WASH
hygiene, reproductive health