Bangladesh survey finds hygiene situation ‘alarming’

The first baseline survey on hygiene in Bangladesh has found the menstrual hygiene management situation ‘alarming’ and handwashing practices ‘very poor’.

25 Jul 2014

Other findings from the report include:

  • Only 40% of households have handwashing facilities.
  • 80% of girls use old cloths for menstrual hygiene management.
  • 40% of girls miss an average of three days of school during their period.

The report also looked into hygiene in hospitals, restaurants and schools. It found that many public toilets were locked and unusable, despite national recommendations that one toilet is available.

Nasima Khatun, 50, Mollar slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2011.
Nasima Khatun
Photographer credit: WaterAid/GMB Akash/Panos

The report is the first of its kind, with research completed by the Local Government, in association with WaterAid and the International Centre for Diarrheal Diseases Research. At the launch of the report, local campaigners urged both the government and donors to invest in behavior change programmes nationally.

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