Scoping Study on Menstrual Hygiene Management in Periyanaicken-Palayam and Narasimhanaicken-Palayam

TNUSSP  | November 2018


Improper disposal of menstrual waste is a noteworthy challenge when it comes to Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). Polymeric sanitary napkins, which have largely replaced cloth napkins, are made of material that is non biodegradable, leading to the accumulation of used napkins in landfills. Accumulated menstrual waste can be hazardous because menstrual blood on napkins stagnates for a long time allowing pathogens such as Escherichia coli (E-coli) to grow, thereby causing adverse health impacts. TNUSSP conducted a scoping study in four slums in Periyanaicken-Palayam and Narasimhanaicken-Palayam in Coimbatore district. The study was aimed at understanding and addressing the issue of MHM among adolescent girls and women residing in slums or slum-like informal settlements.