|Indicator||Adequate MHM (2)||Semi adequate MHM (1)||Inadequate MHM (0)|
|Preparation of clean absorbent||Preparation of absorbent was coded adequate if the adolescent girls used new cotton cloth every time they changed or a disposable sanitary pad|
If the adolescent girls used old cotton cloth, they had to wash their cloth with soap and water or any other disinfectant after using soap and water; dry the cloth in the sunlight outside; and exclusively use the menstrual cloth.
|If adolescent girls practiced both adequate and inadequate preparation of absorbent. I.e. used sanitary pad and used old cotton cloth which was not dried in the sunlight.||If synthetic cloth was used or if new cotton cloth, disposable sanitary pad was not selected, and old cotton cloth was not practiced adequately.|
|Storage of clean absorbent||Storage of absorbent was coded as adequate if adolescent girls stored the absorbent along with other clothes of daily wear, in a safe clean place, in a bag or in the cupboard.|
If the adolescent girls stated they used sanitary pad and new cotton cloth every time they changed, not storing was coded as adequate.
|If adolescent girls practiced both adequate and inadequate storage of absorbent. I.e. stored the absorbent with other clothes of daily wear, but also stored it in a hidden or concealed place.||If adolescent girls stored the absorbent in a hidden or concealed place.|
|Disposal||Disposal was coded as adequate if the absorbent was burnt, stored and taken to the school incinerator or buried in a pit.||If adolescent girls practiced both adequate and inadequate disposal of absorbent. I.e. burnt the absorbent and buried it in the soil in the field.||Disposal was inadequate if the absorbent was buried it in the soil in the field, thrown it in the bush, hid under the stone, thrown it in a dustbin/garbage lot, thrown it in a pond or gutter or washed it.|