Menstrual Solutions For Schoolgirls To Be Studied With Liverpool School Of Tropical Medicine
The KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration, in partnership with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool, England, have received a grant that will be used to help investigate how to solve the problem schoolgirl’s face in managing their monthly periods. The study will take place in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, and the African Population and Health Research Center, who previously conducted a pilot study of Mooncups among schoolgirls in Nairobi.
Over one year, research nurses who will be attached to schools for the study, will teach the girls about managing their period with the menstrual product, and will regularly meet with the girls to check their health, and to make sure they have no problems when using the menstrual products. There will be school and community meetings to discuss the study, as well as some special discussion groups.
It will be important to see if the menstrual products available for use are acceptable for the girls, and their parents are happy for them to use them, and that they are able to use them correctly. The study will also be looking to see if water, sanitation, and hygiene in the schools and at home will have any effect on safe use of the menstrual products.
Menstrual cups (Mooncups) are silicone bells which collect menstrual blood, are emptied, and then reinserted. One cup can last up to 10 years if looked after carefully. Girls will need to wash their hands before and after emptying, and will need to boil the cup to keep it clean at the end of each monthly period. A study on using the Mooncup already took place among 55 schoolgirls in Nairobi; girls who used the cup said after two monthly periods they found it easy to use and wear, and planned to carry on using the cups after the study finished. For further information about this study, please contact Dr Kayla Laserson, Director, KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration, Kisian Campus, Kisumu.