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Health Workers Stigmatizing Girls With Menstrual Problems


Grade 7 pupils leave with a Subz Pads & Panties pack after and educational talk about menstruation and Female reproductive system on March 7, 2015 at the Ekuthuleni Primary school in Durban. As sanitary pads are too expensive for many teenagers in Africa, NGOs try to find solutions and local products are made. AFP PHOTO/STEFAN HEUNIS        (Photo credit should read STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Health workers have been put on the spot over their stigmatization of young girls facing complications when having their periods.

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Nelly Lukule from Hope In Action Network says girls suffering from infections that result into poor hygiene during menstruation are being denied tratment in local health centers over allegations of promiscuity.

Lukule says most of these girls from the slums lack basic education on menstruation as well as sanitary towels for their monthly periods.

Lukule says this stigma has made many girls shy away from seeking help in case of such emergencies.