Prayatna Nepal conducted one day program on menstruation hygiene management workshop for girls with down syndrome and intellectual disability on 2nd February 2023 and Blind and 11 blind and visually impaired from Kapilvastu on 12th February 2023. The overall goal of the workshop was to enable girls with down syndrome and intellectual disability to manage their menstruation in an effective and hygienic manner through improved knowledge, attitude and practices on menstrual hygiene management.
Session was started by Ms. Sarita Lamichhane, where she welcomed everyone and highlighted the objective of the training. She then asked all the attendees to introduce themselves, where the participant girls also mentioned their respective ages. Similarly, the attendee male faculty members encouraged the participants students to learn necessary hygienic and sanitary ways to manage their menstruation and left the room for convenient facilitation and participation. After introduction session, the floor was handed over to Ms. Sabita Lamichhane, facilitator of the workshop, who started by explaining about menstruation and its cycles. She then further explained about anatomy of female reproductive system. She also mentioned about importance of healthy eating habits and do/s and don’t/s during menstruation. After the theoretical aspect of the training, she proceeded further with practical demonstration on uses of sanitary items like sanitary pads, tampons and menstrual cups. Since the participants were blind or visually impaired, the facilitator along with organizing team helped the participants in learning the methods of using different sanitary items. They were made to learn and memorize the ways through tactile method. After practical session, the floor was open to the participants to ask questions where they asked more about foods that can or cannot be consumed while menstruating. Some were also curious about the role of hormonal imbalance in affecting the menstrual cycles. After their curiosity were answered by the facilitator, Ms. Sarita formally concluded the session by thanking them for actively participating in the session.