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KOICA project for improving menstrual health management launched

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 31st October, 2021 08:34:52 PM
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KOICA project for improving menstrual health management launched

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A project of KOICA was launched to improve knowledge and access to Menstrual Health Management facilities and contribute to raise awareness on gender equality so that women and girls can equally participate in society and live a healthy and productive life.

The project titled “Improving Menstrual Health Management of Adolescent girls and women in Cox’s Bazar,” generously funded by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) was launched on Sunday, aiming to continue strengthening knowledge, information and understanding around menstrual health management to some of the most vulnerable population in the district.

Not only information, but also awareness-raising and understanding on the health, hygiene, safety, dignity, security, and protection of girls will be instrumental in achieving the UNFPA’s and KOICA’s mandate of a world where every young person’s potential is fulfilled, said a press release.

The project will showcase the active involvement and participation of women, boys, men, parents, community leaders - including religious leaders and women leaders, as well as caregivers - in improving the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls in Cox’s Bazar.

Implemented in both Rohingya refugee camps and host community locations, the direct beneficiaries will be 17,160 adolescent girls and boys, female and caregivers, and almost 1,500 indirect beneficiaries working with the communities in the Cox’s Bazar district.

“We highly value this partnership and the precious contribution of KOICA to UNFPA in the menstrual health management for adolescent girls and women in Cox’s Bazar. It is essential to focus on the health and well-being of adolescent girls, as they lack access to sanitary facilities and menstrual products and supplies,” Md. Abdus Salam Khan, Joint Secretary of Medical Education and Family Welfare Division at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

Dr. Eiko Narita, Deputy Country Representative of UNFPA Bangladesh said “Menstruation is an important fact of life, and there should no stigma attached to it or be left unattended. It’s important that everyone, including especially girls, learn the facts and debunk myths around menstruation and participate in sensitizing their communities on the importance of health, hygiene, and dignity, both in and out of the camps.”

Speaking at the project launching ceremony, the Country Director of KOICA Bangladesh, Youngah Doh said “Cultural norms and religious taboos on menstruation are often closely associated with traditional thinking surrounding shame and embarrassment. KOICA envisions a world where there is no obstacle for women and girls in maintaining their menstrual hygiene in a private, safe and dignified manner. We hope that this project will improve knowledge and access to Menstrual Health Management facilities and contribute to raise awareness on gender equality so that women and girls can equally participate in society and live a healthy and productive life.”

In the multi-year project (2021-2024), girls and female caregivers will also learn to produce reusable menstrual pads, as a self-reliance skill, while men and adolescent boys will improve their knowledge and understanding of gender equality and menstrual health.