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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Conditions in Kenyan Rural Schools: Are Schools Meeting the Needs of Menstruating Girls?

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dc.contributor.author Alexander, Kelly T.
dc.contributor.author Oduor, Clifford
dc.contributor.author Nyothach, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Laserson, Kayla F.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-22T17:10:41Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-22T17:10:41Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.issn 2073-4441
dc.identifier.uri http://awdflibrary.org:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/902
dc.description.abstract Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs in African schools have received increased attention, particularly around the potential impact of poor menstrual hygiene management (MHM) on equity for girls’ education. This study was conducted prior to a menstrual feasibility study in rural Kenya, to examine current WASH in primary schools and the resources available for menstruating schoolgirls. Cross-sectional surveys were performed in 62 primary schools during unannounced visits. Of these, 60% had handwashing water, 13% had washing water in latrines for menstruating girls, and 2% had soap. Latrines were structurally sound and 16% were clean. Most schools (84%) had separate latrines for girls, but the majority (77%) had no lock. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) supported WASH in 76% of schools. Schools receiving WASH interventions were more likely to have: cleaner latrines (Risk Ratio (RR) 1.5; 95% Confidence Intervals [CI] 1.0, 2.1), handwashing facilities (RR 1.6, CI 1.1, 2.5), handwashing water (RR 2.7; CI 1.4, 5.2), and water in girls’ latrines (RR 4.0; CI 1.4, 11.6). Schools continue to lack essential WASH facilities for menstruating girls. While external support for school WASH interventions improved MHM quality, the impact of these contributions remains insufficient. Further support is required to meet international recommendations for healthy, gender-equitable schools. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject school; education; children; water sanitation and hygiene; NGOs; Africa; Kenya; menstruation en_US
dc.title Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Conditions in Kenyan Rural Schools: Are Schools Meeting the Needs of Menstruating Girls? en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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