WHO calls for menstruation to be recognized as a ‘health problem’

The World Health Organization (WHO) asks for menstruation be recognized as a “health and human rights problem” and “not a hygiene problem” and therefore be addressed in the perspective of a life coursefrom before menarche to after menopause.

In that sense, the who regrets that menstrual health has not been part of the agenda of the International Conference on Population and Development, nor in the Millennium Declaration, nor is it included in the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals for health, gender equality or water and sanitation goals.

Specifically, the agency United Nations asks to recognize menstrual healthmeans that the women and girls have access to information and education, to the menstrual products they need, to water, sanitation and disposal facilities, to competent and empathetic care when needed, and to live, study and work in an environment where menstruation be seen as something positive and healthy, not something to be ashamed of.

WHO commits to promoting menstrual health

WHO is committed to intensifying its efforts in menstrual health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for menstruation to be recognized as a “health problem.

In addition, WHO is committed to intensifying its efforts to encourage health and policy makers to work together to advance the rights of women and girls to meet their comprehensive menstrual health needs, especially in humanitarian settings.

It also shows your commitment to breaking the silence and stigma associated with menstruation and make schools, health centers and other workplaces (including WHO workplaces) respond to menstruation.

“Some governments have eliminated taxes on menstrual productsOthers have focused on the challenges school-aged adolescents face in obtaining menstrual products, and still others strategies have been put in place to provide menstrual products to populations in difficult circumstances, for example those who are homeless or those who are incarcerated,” details the organization.

However, she believes governments will need to do more than improve access to menstrual products.

“Schools, workplaces and public institutions should be made to support menstruation management with comfort and dignity.”

“Even more importart, should normalize menstruation and break the silence that surrounds her. Finally, in the context of what is happening in Ethiopia, Ukraine and elsewhere, governments should include menstruation care as part of a broader response to Sexual and Reproductive Health in those people displaced due to war or natural calamities”, details the WHO.

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What is menstruation?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for menstruation to be recognized as a “health problem.

menstruation is the Blood flow coming from the uterus that, for a few days of each month, are expelled naturally by women and females of certain animal species.

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