Urgent intervention is needed to address the problem of poor education about mensuration and menstrual hygiene management, and to ensure adequate availability of feminine health care products. Thus far, proper attention has not given to these issues.
A girl’s period may occur while she’s at school without appropriate sanitary supplies. Menstruation may last for three to five days, and since girls often stay home during their period, it is not uncommon for them to miss as many as 36 days of school per year. Sometimes, when they return to school, they are teased or laughed at by her classmates due to blood stains from menstruation on her clothing, which can cause some to drop out of school.
Studies on menstruation and menstrual hygiene management, as well as their influence on girls’ education, are scarce and limited. More research is needed to fully assess the level of knowledge about menstruation, identify the factors that affect menstrual hygiene management, and assess the associated consequences of menstruation-related problems on school attendance and dropout rates among adolescent schoolgirls. Physician awareness of these concerns will enable effective consultation and treatment, and result in relief for the large number of women suffering from illnesses related to poor menstrual hygiene.
This call comes as girls and women in South Sudan are working to break free of the long-term suffering they have experienced in both rural and urban areas. Most of the states in South Sudan have similar problems, thus there is a great need to target all states by providing proper hygienic health education as well as sanitary napkins and other feminine products.