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With an increasing enrolment of girls in schools, the preparedness of these institution to ensure a menstrual friendly environment is crucial. This study is a systematic review of the existing evidence on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) across schools in India. It further highlights the actions taken by the government to improve MHM in India. Based on a systematic review of literature and anecdotal reports, meta-analysis was used to estimate the pooled prevalence (PP) of MHM practices in schools. It reveals that less than half the girls were aware of menstruation before menarche and teachers were a less common source of information about menstruation to girls. It also highlights that despite government guidelines, separate girls’ toilets are present only in around half the schools. This study concludes the need for strengthening MHM in schools with convergence between various departments for explicit implementation of guidelines. It can be useful for policy makers. Click here to read the study.