Peer-to-peer hygiene training: Myanmar case study

My name is Daw Ei Ei Mon and I live in “Kyun Ka Lay” village in Nat La Boe (South) Village tract of Kani Township. There are 8 family members in my house. I was one of the participants of the

hygiene promotion training for peer-to-peer mothers done by Save the Children. I would like to say something about my family before and after I got HP for peer-to-peer mother training.

The first thing is about clean water. In the past, we did not know about water treatment. We just used the water directly from the source. We never used to keep the water covered even in the house. After learning about water related and water borne diseases from the training, I have been practicing good water storage/transport and usage which keeps water safe for use. We never used to practice hand washing at all in the past but now, all my family members wash their hands after visiting the toilet and before eating food etc. Moreover, I share this new knowledge with my neighbors and their families.

Another more interesting part of the hygiene promotion training that I went through was a topic on menstrual hygiene management. I never had this sort of training before. When I was young, I faced so many difficulties related with menstrual hygiene management. In my first menstrual period, I suffered so much as a result of ignorance, fear and shame. I did not dare to talk to even my parents about what I was undergoing. But, my parents being adults and experienced, noticed my problems and they guided me on how to manage my menstrual periods based on their cultural knowledge.  I also got advice from my friends who were more experienced than me. After the menstrual hygiene management training by CS WASH project I am more the wiser on how to manage the myths related with menstrual periods. Until now, there are so many things being done incorrectly by the young girls in my village during their menstrual periods. Some young girls do not dare dry their cloth pieces because they are worried and ashamed that other people and some family members such as fathers, brothers, and cousins will see the cloths. So now, I am actively participating together with our peer mother groups in the sharing of knowledge and best practices for better health in our village.

Finally, I am very pleased to be a member of the group that is disseminating hygiene promotion and menstrual hygiene management knowledge and practices in our village.