Thirty-nine percent schoolchildren have access to improved toilets with necessary water and hand wash facilities at their schools in the country.
Sanitary pad disposal bins were available in 22 percent schools having separate toilets for schoolgirls.Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) disclosed the information unveiling their report titled ‘National Hygiene Survey 2018’ on Thursday.
The report conducted with support from Unicef Bangladesh and WaterAid was unveiled at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in the capital.
The report presents the findings from the data collected from across five different components: households, schools, health facilities, restaurants and food vendors.
Around 30 percent schoolgirls reportedly remained absent from school during their menstruation period in the last six months. They missed school for 2.5 days averagely. On the other hand, 36 percent girls received menstrual health education at school, according the survey.
The report said that 40 percent respondents know that they should wash their hands with soap before eating their meals.
It revealed that 36 percent teenage girls knew about menstruation before their first period while 43 percent teenagers and 29 percent adult women use disposable pads during their menstruation period.“Evidence-based programmes and informed policies will effectively address gaps and scale up successes in maintaining hygiene,” said Mohammad Yamin Chowdhury, secretary, Statistics and Informatics Division at Ministry of Planning.
“The report highlights the challenges faced by Bangladesh and, thus, it means that we need to double our efforts to ensure hygiene especially in light of Covid-19,” said Hasin Jahan, Country Director, WaterAid Bangladesh.