Using Cash and Voucher Assistance to improve Menstrual Health and Hygiene in Bangladesh

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and its partners are implementing a Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) project for women and girls in two urban slums of Dhaka using Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA). The project has a dual objective of responding to period poverty in Bangladesh – the struggle many socio-economically vulnerable women and girls face when trying to afford menstrual products as exacerbated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic – and helping break existing taboos surrounding menstruation. The project started in February 2022 to serve more than 3,300 women of reproductive age (15-49 years old) and adolescent girls.