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Formative research on Menstrual Hygiene Management in Zimbabwe.
Description of Project
MDS supported UNICEF in conducting an investigative formative research across all the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe to iunderstand the range of challenges faced by in and out of school girls during menstration as well as the determinants of those challenges. The study also un earthed the socio-cutural and religious norms and practices around menstration in Zimbabwe, unpacking the drvers of social norms, taboos and stigma surrounding MHM in Zimbabwe. A mised methods approach was used for this research assignment. A sample of almost 3000 girls was drawn from across the country for a quantitative survey while 10 districts were sampled for qualitative data collection. The survey was administerd to in and out of school girls between the ages of 14-25, following the life cycle approach. Younger girls were targeted especially for their recent menarche experiences. Qualitative interviews were conducted with older women, men and boys, school authorities and other community influencers for indepth information on the socio-ecological model.