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In August 2013, HEEALS carried out a monitoring and evaluation exercise on its Water Sanitation and Girl Education projects in three schools following the delivery of previous awareness training. Results of the monitoring and evaluation are now available to view in our HEEALS report.
One issue to consider is that despite many girls having a good awareness and knowledge of Menstrual Hygiene, they are unable to practice what they know due to lack of facilities available in school. The bad conditions of toilet facilities were reported by most participants, who stated that there was nowhere to place sanitary pads and no soap or water for hand washing. Similarly, many girls displayed an awareness of the importance of hand washing, yet were unable to put this into practice at school.
Schools greatly influence the behavior and mentality of children – they look to school as a source of knowledge. Yet through lack of sanitation facilities, schools are contributing to creating the mentality that hand washing and hygiene practices are not necessary. Lack of Menstrual Hygiene facilities lead to menstrual hygiene becoming an invisible issue which is not addressed, increasing the embarrassment of young girls to discuss Menstrual Hygiene.
Another key point to consider is that most girls reported being treated differently by their family during menstruation, and cited parental choice as the main factor in the girl’s education. Parents need to be included in Menstrual Hygiene and Water Sanitation awareness projects as well as teachers and male students, to develop understanding surrounding these issues and to support girls in obtaining a good education.
Read the full report here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3-sg3TTDoppRlFxRW8yeDJSWkU/edit?usp=sharing
Of the world’s seven billion people, 1.1 billion people still defecate in the open. With 638 million people engaging in this, India is the open defecation capital of the world.
The countries where open defecation is most widely practiced are the same countries with the highest numbers of under-five child deaths, high levels of under-nutrition and poverty, and large disparities of wealth. Each year, 1.5 million children around the world under the age of five, and 1,000 a day in India alone, die of diarrhoea caused by unsanitary conditions and poor hygiene, exacerbated by the ongoing practice of open defecation.
After more than a decade of work by the World Toilet Organisation, the UN has now formally recognised 19 November as World Toilet Day – a huge step forward in addressing the problem of open defecation. Help more children to reach their fifth birthday by supporting the work of civil society organisations to improve sanitation and hygiene. Find out more at: http://www.heeals.org
Find out more about the UN and World Toilet Day: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45490#.UhRhMuBC9UQ
HEEALS needs support to deliver its innovative WASH campaign to 33,111 girls and children in 5 States of India over a 3 month-period. The cost of the campaign is minimal in comparison to the impact it could have but HEEALS still needs to reach its fundraising target of $6,200 to make it a reality. Find out more at: http://www.heeals.org/entries/current-activity/campaign-to-provide-water-sanitation-and-menstrual-hygiene-awareness-to-indian-girls-and-children-