Fiji marks menstrual hygiene day for the first time

Students of Deenbhandhu Memorial School during the celebrations on International Menstrual Hygiene Day (HM Day). Picture: SUPPLIED/Akilah Harper

MEDICAL Services Pacific is joining hundreds of organisations across the globe today to participate in International Menstrual Hygiene Day (HM Day).
MSP’s executive director Jennifer Poole said since this was the first time HM Day was being celebrated in Fiji, awareness was needed on the fundamental role that good menstrual hygiene management played in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.
“In Fiji and the world, where menstruation is considered a taboo topic or even shameful and embarrassing, this campaign is encouraging us all to talk about it,” Ms Poole said.
The MSP team of specialists today visited Deenbhandhu Memorial School in Suva to host an awareness session on menstrual hygiene day.
Ms Poole also acknowledged their major sponsors Libra and the Australian government’s Fiji Program Support facility and added they would be travelling to maritime areas to raise awareness, provide family planning services, and health and social services.