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Gender-responsive STBM in schools and madrasahs (Islamic schools) and MHM (curriculum) are crucial as the (met) need for basic water and sanitation is paramount for the achievement of healthy schools.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Health has said that integrating the Community Based Total Sanitation (STBM) approach and the Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) program in schools could support the achievement healthy schools.

“STBM in schools and medersas (Islamic schools) which is gender sensitive, and GHM (curriculum) are crucial because (meeting) the need for basic water and sanitation is paramount to achieving healthy schools,” said the director of the Environmental Health at the Ministry’s Disease Prevention Branch. and control Anas Maruf said.

The application of STBM is important to bring about a change towards a clean and healthy lifestyle from the level of school or madrassah, he explained during the launch of a STBM guide, which was tracked online here on Tuesday.

“Integrating STBM into the MHM program will ensure access to sanitation and hygiene for all with special attention to the needs of women and girls,” he said.

Moreover, the integration of the STBM and the GHM program will contribute to the achievement of healthy neighborhoods and cities.

According to him, educational institutions were selected as one of the targets because they are agents of change, which means that students will become the future generation of the country.

For this reason, the implementation of good hygiene practices in educational establishments, in accordance with the guide, is crucial.

“We can do this to achieve improvement in the implementation of sanitary hygiene practices, especially STBM, in all targets in accordance with the human life cycle,” he said.

This is also part of achieving health development, especially as part of efforts to achieve the targets of the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), he added. .

To this end, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Interior and Plan International Foundation Indonesia have launched the Community Based Total Sanitation Guide (STBM).

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