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Table 3 Intervention delivery and uptake of the intervention at endline in four urban and rural schools of Bangladesh as reported by female students, 2018

From: Evaluation of a menstrual hygiene intervention in urban and rural schools in Bangladesh: a pilot study

Indicators Urban Rural Endline
N = 528
n (%)
Tejgaon govt. high school (N = 132)
n (%)
National bangla high school (N = 132)
n (%)
Oxford high school (N = 132)
n (%)
Kathigram high school (N = 132)
n (%)
MHM taught in school: 132 (100) 132 (100) 132 (100) 132 (100) 528 (100)
Knew about gender committee 70 (53) 98 (74) 96 (73) 98 (74) 362 (69)
Heard about chute disposal system for menstrual materials 75 (76) 91 (90) 86 (97) 87 (94) 339 (64)
 Used chute disposal system 18 (24) 23 (25) 37 (43) 33 (38) 111 (33)
Reason for not having used chute disposal system (multiple responses) N = 75 N = 91 N = 86 N = 87 N = 339
 Did not know about chute disposal system 57 (76) 68 (75) 49 (57) 54 (62) 189 (56)
 Did not change menstrual materials at school 51 (68) 63 (69) 45 (52) 49 (56) 208 (61)
 Used reusable menstrual materials 5 (6.7) 11 (12) 7 (8.1) 8 (9.2) 31 (9.1)
 Problem with chute disposal system 5 (6.7) 2 (2.2) 1 (1.2) 2 (2.3) 10 (2.9)
 Did not know how to use chute disposal system/disposed elsewhere 1 (1.3) 1 (1.1) 0 (0) 1 (1.1) 4 (1.2)
Knew about question box 128 (97) 127 (96) 128 (97) 122 (92) 505 (96)
 Submitted question into question box 15 (12) 41 (32) 34 (27) 19 (16) 109 (21)
 Received answer to submitted question 10 (67) 31 (76) 27 (79) 9 (47) 77 (71)
 Received puberty information booklet 124 (94) 125 (95) 108 (82) 131 (99) 488 (92)
 Read puberty information booklet 118 (95) 123 (98) 102 (94) 126 (96) 469 (96)
Materials for menstruation, regarding menstrual materials distributed to menstruating girls: N = 99 N = 101 N = 89 N = 93 (N = 382)
Received carry bag for menstrual materials 73 (74) 94 (93) 74 (83) 82 (88) 323 (85)
 Used carry bag 55 (75) 67 (71) 63 (85) 57 (69) 242 (75)
Received plastic “wet bag” for transporting used menstrual materials 77 (78) 91 (90) 73 (82) 81 (87) 322 (84)
 Used the wet bag to transport used menstrual materials 44 (57) 39 (43) 54 (74) 33 (41) 170 (52)
Obtained disposable menstrual pad for emergency use at school 45 (45) 32 (32) 10 (11) 13 (14) 100 (26)
 Used disposable menstrual pad obtained from school office 39 (87) 30 (94) 10 (11) 13 (14) 92 (92)
 Average number of disposable pads obtained by the girl (mean, SD) (n = 100) 1.6 (0.5) 1.3 (0.7) 1.8 (1.1) 1.3 (0.6) 1.5 (0.7)
Received underwear N = 99
76 (77)
N = 101
95 (94)
N = 74
74 (83)
N = 93
82 (88)
N = 367
327 (86)
 Used underwear 58 (76) 75 (79) 72 (97) 61 (74) 266 (81)
Received reusable cloth pad 78 (79) 95 (94) 74 (83) 84 (90) 331 (87)
 Used reusable cloth pad 52 (67) 73 (77) 64 (86) 63 (75) 252 (76)
Received menstrual tracking calendar N = 99
81 (82)
N = 102
94 (92)
N = 88
78 (89)
N = 93
84 (90)
N = 382
337 (88)
 Used menstrual tracking calendar 65 (80) 72 (77) 66 (85) 59 (70) 262 (78)