Absenteeism from schools has been particularly high amongst adolescent girls because of issues surrounding menstruation, and this often leads to dropping out from school altogether.
After consultation with girls, special toilet facilities have been designed and put into place in ten locations. They had to have good washing facilities, privacy, and be safe and secure. They have been put in place by Plan International, a child-centred development organisation with no religious, political or governmental affiliations, at a cost of $3,500 per block.
Coupled with education and information, these facilities have been successful in improving school attendance, so now the government wants to extend the programme throughout the country.