Hygienic management of menstruation in schools in Burkina Faso: Actors in consultation to be better informed

As part of the activities to celebrate World Menstrual Health and Hygiene Day, NGOs and promoters of menstrual hygiene organized an information workshop on the state of menstrual health in Burkina Faso, the inclusion of hygienic menstrual management (GHM) in the curricula and the GHM- latrine model, It was Thursday, June 2, 2022 in Ouagadougou.

The overall aim of this workshop, according to the organizers, is to present the general state of menstrual health promotion in Burkina, the process of taking MHM into account in the curricula and the GHM latrine model.

According to Éric D. Mamboué, Country Director of WaterAid Burkina Faso, this workshop will give them the opportunity to strengthen the consultation and synergy of actions between the different actors involved in the promotion of menstrual health and hygiene.

“Promoting menstrual hygiene in schools is a major challenge for our education system. It is in this context that the ministry responsible for education, UNICEF, WaterAid and everyone involved in the promotion of menstrual health and hygiene are taking action to promote fair and equitable access to services. Mamboue.

He thanked the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Water and Sanitation, UNICEF and the Canadian collaboration that accompanies them for holding this workshop.

Éric D. Mamboué, Country Director of WaterAid Burkina

He said great strides have been made in promoting menstrual health and hygiene nationally over the past five years. However, the decentralized structures and NGOs are not always at the same level of information about the performance and progress at MHM, he said. He took the example of the process of integration of MHM into the curricula led by the Ministry of Education through the General Directorate of Research in Education and Educational Innovation.

According to him, the Directorate-General for Sanitation is also in the process of harmonizing the model of institutional and public latrines that integrate a GHIM booth. These initiatives aim, on the one hand, at improving students’ knowledge of how to respond effectively to the menstrual health needs of women and young girls, and on the other hand, at having a standard latrine model for the management of menstrual hygiene. Therefore, it is important to create an information framework so that all actors involved in the promotion of MHM are better informed. The following topics were communicated during the workshop:

• The inventory of MHM in Burkina. This communication from Ms Wassouguema Awa Nadine of the MENAPLN’s Directorate for the Promotion of Inclusive Education, Girls and Gender (DPEIFG) found that 18,916 schools and 58,169 students were sensitized about MHM issues, including 39,728 primary and 18,441 post-primary. . 250,765 actors with different profiles (teachers, APE/AME/COGES members, municipal staff, associations and community members) were introduced to MHM.

Mrs. Wassonguema from MENAPLN

• The communication on the process of integrating MHM into the curricula was made by Mr. Pouadiagué Akohoudié Stéphane of the Directorate-General for Research in Education and Pedagogical Innovation of the MENAPLN, showing that the Ministry responsible for Education is working on the integration of MHM in education . To this end, UNICEF, in collaboration with the DPEIFG and partner NGOs, has developed a module on MHM intended for the training of national education teachers. The process is progressing and soon the schools of Burkina will start teaching the theme in the classrooms.

• The latest communication on the latrine model with the GHM booth of Adama Nacoulma of the Directorate-General for Sanitation showed that the ministry in charge of sanitation is now including a GHM booth in the latrine model in the secondary school to allow young girls in enable their periods properly.

Workshop participants

As a reminder, it is under the leadership of the state through the MENAPLN that the actors in the promotion of health and menstrual hygiene are working towards great progress in the management of menstruation in schools. These actors were in Guiba in the South Center Region on May 27, 2022 for the sixth consecutive celebration of World Menstrual Health and Hygiene Day under the theme: “Menstrual health and hygiene education for everyone and for everyone”.

Patricia Coulibaly


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