UNFPA, Ministry of Health launch first training manual on Menstrual Health Management

UNFPA and the Ministry of Health and Population launched on December 11 the Menstrual Health Management for Adolescent Girls Training Manual, with the support of the Embassy of the Netherlands.

The training manual, the first of its kind in Egypt, aims to empower adolescent girls by providing them with comprehensive, age and gender-sensitive, and timely information on menstruation and the menstrual cycle.

It also seeks to educate them to adopt positive attitudes about menstruation and how to properly manage it.

The event was attended by Frederika Meijer, UNFPA Representative in Egypt, Han-Maurits Schaapveld, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Egypt, Dr Wael Abdel Razek, Head of Primary Healthcare and Nursing Sector at the Ministry of Health and Population, and Dr Mohamed Abdallah, Head of Central Administration of Integrated Healthcare.

“The link between girls’ empowerment and menstrual health management is a simple one,” Mejier explained. “Menstrual health management is an essential component of reproductive healthcare for women and girls.” Improving girls’ menstrual health knowledge and access to necessary resources will benefit their overall social, mental, and physical well-being.”

During the event, the methodology of developing the training manual was presented, followed by discussions between relevant stakeholders from ministries and civil society organizations on integrating the manual into existing programs for adolescent girls.

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