What is it about?
Nepal is geographically small yet extremely diverse, with 125 different caste/ethnic groups. We sought to understand key differences in menstrual knowledge, attitudes and practices to better understand the importance of caste/ethnicity. Our results showed that caste/ethnicity was a significant predictor of menstrual knowledge and practices, and indigenous castes (Janajati) had the poorest menstrual practice outcomes.
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Why is it important?
Caste/ethnic differences in menstrual practices are significant, and highlight that some groups are falling behind when it comes to menstrual health outcomes. Consequently, blanket menstrual heath interventions may not be sufficient. Future menstrual health programming should consider the use of local languages and context-specific content that incorporates indigenous beliefs. Partnerships with indigenous health organizations will be critical for ensuring improved mensural health for all.
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This page is a summary of: Assessing the Role of Caste/Ethnicity in Predicting Menstrual Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices in Nepal, Global Public Health, February 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2019.1583267.
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