Knowledge, practices and challenges in menstrual hygiene management among girls aged 10-15 years at Karamurani Catholic Primary School, Mwizi Sub County, Mbarara District

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Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences
Menstrual Hygiene Management is an issue interested in Gender Equality and Development sector. Globally, particularly in developing countries, girls reach menarche, rules are applied on how they should conduct themselves. Lack of appropriate products and facilities have been previously cited as potentially contributing to school girls’ absenteeism. The project was carried out in three upper classes of KCPS among girls aged 10-15 years. A cross-sectional descriptive method with quantitative questionnaire was employed. Quantitative data was analyzed using SPSS version 20 software package. In total 90 respondents participated aged 10-15 years, (60%) were Catholics. Majority 93.3% of girls said that menstruation is a physiological process. However, 3.3% said that menstruation is a pathological process. The highest percentage of girls (70%) reported normally use pieces of cloth during menstruation. Seventy percent (70%) of the girls missed some days of school because of menstruation, (86.6%) of girls missed due to lack of money. Furthermore, this study showed that some girls need knowledge on menstruation as a normal physiological process not a pathological process or curse from God. Schooling should be comfortable and positive experience, in an environment favorable to learning. Such things are made difficult for girls with old cloths, causing discomfort, worry and risks associated with poor hygiene. This affects their attendance, concentration, self-esteem and ability to carry usually. Menstruation is a natural part of a woman’s life and girls should not have to suffer in any way because of it.
A research report submitted to Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examination Board in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a Diploma in Nursing Sciences of Kampala International University
Menstrual hygiene management among girls, Karamurani Catholic Primary School, Mwizi Sub County, Mbarara District