'Rigorous research is needed to address lack of access to sanitary products'

The claim that 7 million girls in South Africa are missing school every month because they don't have access to or money for sanitary products was adopted as fact after an NGO providing reusable sanitary towels and menstruation education made the pronouncement.

Kate Wilkinson joined Azania to unpack the claim, in light of menstrual Hygiene Day (also known as MHD, MH Day, or Menstrual Health Day).

We went back to one of the NGOs who had started to use this stat and they said we got the information from the 2011 census and what that showed was that there were nine million girls aged 11 to 19 in SA and of those seven million were in the lower living standards measure and that is how we estimated....

Kate Wilkinson, senior researcher at Africa Check

We went to the census and we found a problem with the numbers. When we spoke to stats SA they actually found that there were 4.8 million girls in that age group.

Kate Wilkinson, senior researcher at Africa Check

Unfortunately there have not been any surveys conducted in South Africa which look specifically at this issue. We went to the 2016 general household survey....

Kate Wilkinson, senior researcher at Africa Check

It is about 2.6 million girls aged nine to twenty who are enrolled in South African schools and attending no fees schools that are possibly in a situation where they would either miss school, classes or hours in the day because they don't have money to buy basic products to allow them to attend school during their period.

Kate Wilkinson, senior researcher at Africa Check

Wilkinson says more research needs to be done to adequately address the problem and provide interventions which are evidence based.

We have a number of challenges when it comes to education and it can be hard enough for any child to stay in school and do well. How many girls are affected so that we can adequately address the problem and provide interventions supported by rigorous research.

Kate Wilkinson, senior researcher at Africa Check

Click on the link below to hear of Africa Check conducted it's research on the matter....


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Menstrual cup a solution to stop millions of girls missing school

Menstrual cup a solution to stop millions of girls missing school

Transnet Foundation and Mina Foundation partnered to distribute the Mina Cup as an alternative to expensive sanitary products.

#SADGT: Young scientist takes 2nd place at Taiwan International Science Fair

#SADGT: Young scientist takes 2nd place at Taiwan International Science Fair

In this segment of South Africans Doing Great Things, Gugu chats to Zara Nijzink-Laurie about her research in menstrual cups

Dignity Dreams is providing comfort and hope with their washable, reusable pads

Dignity Dreams is providing comfort and hope with their washable, reusable pads

CEO of Dignity Dreams Sharon Gordon says that Dignity Dreams started out slow because nobody spoke about menstrual health.

Women with uterine fibroids have options, and this project is spreading the word

Women with uterine fibroids have options, and this project is spreading the word

The White Dress Project is pushing for more awareness and research into debilitating women’s health condition of uterine fibroids.

"We need a sustainable solution for access to sanitary products"

"We need a sustainable solution for access to sanitary products"

Richard Mabaso‚ founder of the Imbumba Foundation says they need long term solutions for girls to access sanitary pads.

Mina menstrual cups an answer for Africa's teen girls

Mina menstrual cups an answer for Africa's teen girls

Zaakira Mahomed shares how menstrual cups are an affordable solution to challenges faced by girls when having their periods.

Woman aims to bring a global Fibroids support campaign to SA

Woman aims to bring a global Fibroids support campaign to SA

Phemelo Motene spoke to Keabetwse Nguza, ambassador of the White Dress Project in South Africa and Dr. Lawson from Netcare .

6 things you didn't know about menopause

6 things you didn't know about menopause

Menopause is the period in a woman's life cycle when menstruation ends, and Dr Roos advises how to manage menopause healthily.

Popular articles
[WATCH] London underground train singer performing Shallow on Ellen goes viral

[WATCH] London underground train singer performing Shallow on Ellen goes viral

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

Unions not happy with Mboweni's announcement to cut public wage bill by 1%

Unions not happy with Mboweni's announcement to cut public wage bill by 1%

Public Servants Association's Reuben Maleka says the government is trying to pit unions against the public.

Wait - why did that debit order go off so early?

Wait - why did that debit order go off so early?

Wendy Knowler, consumer journalist, on Nedbank's early debit orders.

Budget 2020: The big surprise was two billion rand in tax relief

Budget 2020: The big surprise was two billion rand in tax relief

Individual tax payers are actually better off as a result of Budget 2020.

$7 trillion could save the world but not in the way you might think

$7 trillion could save the world but not in the way you might think

A billionaire asset fund manager has told global CEO’s to focus on climate change.

Budget 2020: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Budget 2020: The good, the bad, and the ugly

The Money Show asked three economists for their views on the pros and cons of Budget 2020.

 Magistrate Desmond Nair provisionally suspended over Bosasa allegations

Magistrate Desmond Nair provisionally suspended over Bosasa allegations

Nair was charged with two counts of misconduct in November last year following a preliminary investigation by the ministry.

Literacy Project to empower caregivers of pre-school children

Literacy Project to empower caregivers of pre-school children

CEO Steven Roux says they identified that there is a significant number of children who are not getting access to good creches.

Frustrated judge tells Dudu Myeni to answer questions directly - report

Frustrated judge tells Dudu Myeni to answer questions directly - report

The former SA chairperson was giving evidence in the delinquency case brought by Outa and the SA Pilots Association

Mboweni allocates R60-billion for SAA and Eskom

Mboweni allocates R60-billion for SAA and Eskom

Economist Dr Sean Miller says Eskom is a national problem and it is going to need to be bailed out.