Period Poverty

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Periods are a normal part of life. It is increasingly recognised that good menstrual health is an essential component to wellbeing. But it's also becoming known that more and more girls have been unable to obtain sanitary products due to financial constraints. This is known as Period Poverty.

In 2017, a survey by Plan International UK reported that 1 in 10 girls had been unable to afford sanitary products; 1 in 7 had to ask to borrow sanitary wear from a friend due to affordability issues; and 1 in 10 had to improvise sanitary wear. It is estimated that currently over 137,000 children across the UK have missed school days due to period poverty and has also shown to impact girls into adulthood in many ways.

The Tower Hamlets Public Health team is now gathering information of training support needs for frontline staff, specifically those working with vulnerable girls and women.

Periods are a normal part of life. It is increasingly recognised that good menstrual health is an essential component to wellbeing. But it's also becoming known that more and more girls have been unable to obtain sanitary products due to financial constraints. This is known as Period Poverty.

In 2017, a survey by Plan International UK reported that 1 in 10 girls had been unable to afford sanitary products; 1 in 7 had to ask to borrow sanitary wear from a friend due to affordability issues; and 1 in 10 had to improvise sanitary wear. It is estimated that currently over 137,000 children across the UK have missed school days due to period poverty and has also shown to impact girls into adulthood in many ways.

The Tower Hamlets Public Health team is now gathering information of training support needs for frontline staff, specifically those working with vulnerable girls and women.

Page last updated: 20 Feb 2022, 03:03 PM