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Low-income women deprived of menstrual hygiene

Women belonging to low-income households face difficulty in accessing basic sanitary supplies, a recent study suggests.While access to menstrual hygiene products has been generating attention in the developing world, low-income women and girls struggle to afford period supplies and often resort to making do with cloth, rags, paper towels, or even children s diapers during their monthly cycles.As part of the study, Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, lead researcher, documented the challenges, from affordability to transportation that low-income people with periods face in accessing basic sanitary supplies.Kuhlmann s study found that nearly two-thirds of the women surveyed were unable to afford menstrual hygiene supplies like pads or tampons at some point during the previous year, and 21 per cent of women lacked supplies on a monthly basis. Nearly half - 46 per cent - of those surveyed could not afford to buy both food and period-related products during the past year.While lack of access to ...

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