Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women

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Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women
Access to 2.500 menstrual cups for girls and women

NARRATIVE REPORT FORMAT

1. GENERAL INFORMATION:

1. Name of organization: Fundación Oriéntame

2. Country: Colombia

3. Project year: 2021

4. Project name: SECOND PHASE - Live your menstrual care: Access to menstrual hygiene for girls and adolescents.

5. Reporting period: March 19 to April 20, 2021.

6. Date of preparation of the report: 21 April.

7. Name of the person in charge: Lady Alba.

2. PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

1. Improve access to menstrual health products for girls and adolescents in Cúcuta, Villa del Rosario, Los Patios and Palenque (Colombia).

2. Strengthen knowledge and self-care habits for girls and adolescents in Cúcuta, Villa del Rosario, Los Patios and Palenque (Colombia).

3. ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT: During the period from March 19th to April 20th 2021, the planning process for project activities was outlined and the implementation of the activities began:

3.1 Develop educational content and didactic exercises for training sessions on menstrual care, hygiene and self-care.

1. The design of the virtual menstrual hygiene course was carried out, the contents were developed through 4 recorded and animated units: "knowing my body"; "my menstrual cycle, my rules"; "my hygiene and menstrual care", and "the menstrual cup as a great option".

2. Three informative and educational capsules on how to talk about menstruation and recognize different menstrual products were developed to invite adolescents to enroll in the virtual course.

3.2 Invite girls and adolescents to training activities on menstrual care and health, self-knowledge of the body. It had two components: The invitation to launch the project was widespread among different stakeholders, such as community leaders, institutional leaders and teachers, with the purpose of making the course available and promoting it among girls. We also directly invite girls and young people between 13 and 25 years old in Cúcuta, Villa del Rosario, Los Patios and Palenque as well as community leaders. The invitation was shared through different virtual media such as social networks, email, WhatsApp and phone calls. Invitation to register for the project: Three WhatsApp groups were created to share information and reminders of important dates with the participants, as well as the calendar of tutorials and any news related to the virtual course. The content of the course was developed according to their age for three groups: 13 and 15 years old, 15 and 17 years old, and 18 years and older. A total of 851 girls, adolescents, young people and leaders from Cucuta, Villa of the Rosary, Los Patios and Palenque showed interest in the project. The training had a virtual and a face-to-face components. A total of 376 young people enrolled in the virtual component, that focused on the knowledge and autonomy in self-care. A total of 441 adolescents and young women between 13 and 25 years old registered in the in- person workshop. In turn, 34 leaders, professionals and mothers registered to registered in the cycle of training in menstrual health.

3.3 Carry out a virtual training in menstrual care and health, focused on the self-knowledge of their body:

1. The virtual course started from March 19 to April 20, 2021. Each unit contained the following activities:

2. Let's learn together - introductory video of the topics to be discussed in each unit.

3. Fun facts - a PDF with important facts to consider.

4. Let’s clarify the questions: participate in the forum by asking questions or exploring a topic.

5. Let's chat to attend the virtual tutorial meetings (synchronous meeting) or to watch the prerecorded tutorial sessions.

6. What did you learn? – answer questions about the content studied in the unit.

7. Four synchronous tutorials were conducted after each unit to answer questions posed by participants in the forums, or to discuss a specific topic more deeply. Image Forum: Image of the virtual course:

8. A total of 117 people participated in the course, including high school and university students, teenagers, professionals and mothers who did not attend school and some others who were working.

3.4 Prepare the general concept for the campaign and graphic pieces on the use of the menstrual cup, as well as menstrual health. Seventeen graphic pieces were designed for the virtual course, emphasizing key aspects about the use of the menstrual cup, the concept of menstrual hygiene, the menstrual cycle, menstrual products and knowledge of our body. Graphic use of the cup piece: Graphic piece of the menstrual cycle:

3.5 Sensitization “Information capsules” on menstruation were published on social networks and WhatsApp groups. Messages were also posted from participants expressing their appreciation for the course, as well as sharing a drawing of their vulva. We collected some images, highlighting his creations and his messages to his vulva.

3.6 Identify the leaders of the municipalities 1. Community leaders, institutional leaders, teachers, parents from the municipalities of Cúcuta, Villa del Rosario, Los Patios and Palenque were convened, inviting them through telephone calls and / or emails to participate in the project. 2. A total of 34 people, including leaders, professionals and mothers, signed up to the project.

3.7 Develop a work plan with leaders

1. The cycle of training in menstrual health for leaders and mothers was carried out through five virtual sessions through Zoom: 1) Empower ourselves about our body -Menstrual cycle and female anatomy.

2) Management of menstruation - understanding our menstruation and being in harmony with it.

3) Knowing menstrual hygiene products-A personal choice.

4) Discovering the menstrual cup -An option to know our body.

5) Find the connection with our menstrual care- How do I take care of my magical universe?

2. Participation during the training cycle remained active with 14 people attending the first session. Ten people attended the entire cycle, and at the end, they received a certificate for their participation. Image of the training cycle session:

3.8 Conduct virtual talks on menstrual health, use and maintenance of the menstrual cup, myths about menstruation and the cup We included the correct use of the cup, good and bad practices of cup use, the myths and advantages of menstruation, the knowledge of the body, different definitions and menstrual practices in different contexts, in the four sessions developed within the training cycle of leaders.

3.9 Purchase of menstrual cups It was possible to purchase 800 menstrual cups of three different sizes, of high quality and at affordable prices, with the support of Fokus and Women’s Global Health Innovations.

4.0 Providing menstrual cups to girls and adolescents We mapped the municipalities of Cúcuta, Villa del Rosario, Los Patios and Palenque to identify strategic delivery points that were close to as many participants as possible. Five community leaders were in charge of delivering menstrual cups in Villa del Rosario, Los Patios, Cucuta and Palenque. Results:

4.1 The virtual course on menstrual health and care for girls and adolescents, and the training cycle for leaders/mothers/collectives

1. The virtual course strengthened the knowledge and self-care of 107 girls, adolescents, and young women between 13 and 25 years old from the municipalities of Cúcuta, Villa del Rosario, Los Patios and Palenque. We provide timely information on menstrual health management, through activities, readings, videos, participation forums and synchronous tutorials. We carried out four sessions to reinforce the content of the course.

2. Although 376 girls, young people and women enrolled in the course, during the telephone followup and messages, some of them expressed difficulties in having an Internet connection or mobile devices, and could not continue with the course. Because of that, 107 students completed the entire course virtually.

3. The virtual course and WhatsApp groups aimed at creating support networks among adolescent girls. It was possible to communicate and share different topics related to menstrual education. It was also possible for the participants to freely express and talk about different experiences, taboos and myths about menstruation and menstrual products in an environment free of judgment, generating a space of trust conductive to solving questions. Course results: Virtual TOTAL REGISTERED TO THE PROJECT Enrolled in the course # of Girls, young people and women enrolled in the course Started the course Completed the entire course Delivery of menstru al cups Registered GROUP 1 37 1 1 1 382 Registered GROUP 2 61 24 18 18 Registered GROUP 3 278 99 88 88 TOTAL 376 124 107 107 In person activities TOTAL SESSIONS REGISTERED FACE TO FACE GROUP REGISTERED Attended sessions Delivery of menstru al cups Registered GRUPO Villa del Rosario-Juan Frío (Let's talk) 140 23 23 441 Registered Cúcuta (Alejandra) 200 211 211 Registered Villa del Rosario (Las Mijas) 64 41 41 Palenque (Solvay) 37 21 21 TOTAL 441 296 296 Result training cycle leaders: REGISTERED Attended sessions Delivery of menstrual cups 34 9 9

4. Before the start of the course, 25 girls and adolescents (8 per group), who had started attending the course, were selected to apply the baseline to identify the conditions and knowledge base in terms of menstrual health management. At the end of the course, the same baseline was applied to the same 25 adolescents. However, only nine of them completed the data collection.

5. Before carrying out the training cycle, eight leaders and two mothers who were enrolled in the project were selected to apply the baseline. At the end of the cycle, the same baseline was applied to the 8 leaders and the 2 mothers.

4.2 Menstrual health awareness campaign for girls and adolescents

1. There was a positive response to the graphic pieces by leaders, professionals, teachers and adolescents shared on social networks and WhatsApp groups. They express interest in knowing the management of menstrual health, the menstrual cup and its proper use. They contribute by replicating this information in their WhatsApp status.

2. It was possible to attract the attention and participation of organizations such as the Corporación Mujer denuncia y muévete, Asociación de Mujeres Palenqueras Kasimba, LasMijas, Asociación Ser Negro es Más Sabroso, Fundación Hablemos, Women s Helth Innovation and Fokus.

3. The launching of the project was a key space to start implementing it. It allowed us to have direct contact with community leaders, professionals, and teachers interested in accompanying the educational process and the delivery of menstrual cups.

4.3. Menstrual cups given to adolescents for menstrual care

1. 403 girls and adolescents learned the correct use of the menstrual cup, through videos, graphic pieces, and meetings where the demonstration of the insertion and extraction process was carried out in a pelvic model. We clarifies many doubts and misconceptions about the menstrual cup, and provided information about its use.

2. A total of 412 menstrual cups were delivered: 9 of them to leaders who attended all the sessions of the training cycle, and 403 to girls and adolescents who completed the virtual course.

5. EVALUATION OF PROJECT PROGRESS:

5.1 Main achievements

1. A significant achievement was to maintain the attention of the leaders and mothers in the menstrual hygiene training cycle, from the beginning to the end of it, 34 participants were registered and 9 remained active throughout the process.

2. The invitation to sign up for the project had a major impact on social media, contact lists, emails, replicating and sharing the pieces, reaching more young people and organizations interested in accompanying the process of menstrual health management.

3. The attendance of adolescents in synchronous tutorials remained high, the average attendance per group from beginning to end was 20 adolescents, actively participating in the forum.

5.2 Challenges, barriers or obstacles faced and solution The difficulties with the internet connection, the lack of wideband and / or mobile devices was a major obstacle to develop the virtual course and to connect to the tutorials. Such connectivity issues prevented several participants from completing the course and getting their menstrual cup. In times of Covid-19 pandemic and mandatory shelter in place, it was a challenge to carry out all synchronous sessions virtually. Some topics were suitable for in-person sessions due to their big content.

Additionally, it was not possible for adolescents who did not have internet to access the content of the course in person, due to the high contagion and the restrictions of meetings in public spaces. However, an attempt was made to establish communication with a close relative to convey accurate information about the virtual course.

5.3 Lessons learned We must take into account the connectivity barriers for a project like this, since the attendance of the participants is something that we have less control. This leads us to consider an additional effort to achieve participation and coverage goals. We have learned that menstrual health management should continue to be addressed extensively, to offer safe and truthful information about menstruation, the advantages, and disadvantages of various menstrual products, and to increase the knowledge of the body. From that knowledge, we are aware of the power we have to make decisions about it, participate in safe sex and understand natural processes such as menstruation

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 NARRATIVE REPORT FORMAT

 1. GENERAL INFORMATION: 

  1. Name of organization: Fundación Oriéntame
  2. Country: Colombia
  3. Project year: 2021
  4. Project name: SECOND PHASE - Live your menstrual care: Access to menstrual hygiene for girls and adolescents.
  5. Reporting period: March19 to April 2, 2021.
  6. Date of preparation of the report: 21  April.
  7. Name of the person in charge: Lady Alba. 

2. OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT: 

  1. Improve access to long-range menstrual hygiene products for girls and adolescents in Cúcuta, Villa del Rosario, Los Patios and Palenque (Colombia).
  2. Strengthen the self-knowledge and self-care of the bodies of girls and adolescents in Cúcuta, Villa del Rosario, Los Patios and Palenque (Colombia). 

3. ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT: 

During the period from March 19 to April   2, 2021,the planning process of the project activities was outlined and the implementation of the activities began: 

3.1 Develop educational content and didactic exercises for training sessions on menstrual care, hygiene and self-care. 

  1. The design of the virtual course of menstrual hygiene was carried out, the contents were developed through 4 recorded and animated units: "knowing my body"; "my menstrual cycle, my rules"; "my menstrual hygiene and care"; and "the menstrual cup as a great option".
  2. Three informative and educational capsules on how to talk about menstruation, and recognize different menstrual products, were developed to invite adolescents to enroll in the virtual course.

3.2 Invite girls and adolescents to training activities on menstrual care and hygiene, self-knowledge of the body. 

It had two components:

The invitation to launch the project was widespread among different stakeholders, such as community leaders, institutional leaders and teachers, with the aim of making the course available to them and promoting it among girls.

We also directly invite girls and young people between  13 and 25  years old in  Cúcuta, Villa del Rosario, Los Patios and Palenque as well as community leaders. The invitation was shared through different virtual means such as social media, email, WhatsApp and phone calls. 

Invitation to register for the project:

Three WhatsApp groups were created, to share information and reminders of important dates with participants, as well as the tutorial calendar and any news related to the virtual course. The content was developed according to their age for 3 groups: the first was composed of adolescents between 13 and 15 years old; the second group consisted of adolescents between the ages of 15 and 17, and the third group consisted of women aged 18 and over.

A total of 851girls,  adolescents,young   people and leaders  wanted to enroll in the project from different locations of  Cúcuta, Villa del Rosario, Los Patios and Palenque, whose dynamics on this occasion were of two modalities: Virtual and  face-to-face, the virtual course strengthened the knowledge and autonomy in the care of the body of 376 young people and in person was carried out through workshops with 441 adolescents between 13 and 25years.At the same time,  34 leaders, professionals and mothers were registered to participate in the menstrual health training cycle. 

3.3 Carry out a virtual training in menstrual care and hygiene, focused on the self-knowledge of their body by girls. 

  1. The virtual course began on March19 to April 2, 2021. Each unit contained the following activities:
  2. Let's learn together - introductory video of the topics to be discussed in each unit.
  3.  Fun facts - a PDF with important facts to consider.
  4. Let's clarify the questions: let's participate in the forum by asking questions or exploring a topic.
  5. Let's chat- to attend the virtual tutorials meetings (synchronous meeting) or to watch the pre-recorded tutorial sessions.
  6. What did you learn? – answer questions about the content studied in the unit.
  7. Four synchronous tutorials were conducted after each unit to answer questions posed by forum participants, or to discuss a specific topic more deeply.

Image Forum: 

Virtual course image: 

  1. A total of 117  people participated in the course, including high school and college students, teenagers, professionals and mothers who were not attending school and some others who were working. 

3.4 Prepare the general concept for the campaign and graphic pieces on the use of the menstrual cup, as well as menstrual hygiene.

Seventeen graphic pieces were designed within the framework of the virtual course, emphasizing key aspects about the use of the menstrual cup, the concept of menstrual hygiene, the menstrual cycle, menstrual products and knowledge of our body.

Graphic use of the cup piece: 

Graphic piece of the menstrual cycle: 

3.5 Raise awareness.

Informational capsules about menstruation were posted on social media and WhatsApp groups. Messages were also posted from participants expressing their appreciation for the course, as well as sharing a drawing of their vulva. We collect some images, highlighting your creations and your messages to your vulva.

3.6 Identify the leaders of the participating municipalities. 

  1. Community leaders, institutional referents, teachers, parents from the municipalitiesof  Cúcuta, Villa del Rosario, Los Patios and Palenquewere convened, inviting them to participate in the project through telephone callsand/or emails.
  2. A total of 34 people, including leaders, professionals and mothers, signed up to participate in the project. 

3.7 Develop a work plan with leaders 

  1. The cycle of training of coaches in menstrual hygiene was carried out with leaders and mothers, through five virtual sessions through Zoom: 1) Empower us about our body -Menstrual cycle and female anatomy. 2) Management of menstruation - to understand our menstruation and be in harmony with it. 3) Know menstrual hygiene products-A personal choice. 4) To discover the menstrual cup -An option to know our body. 5) Finding the connection with our menstrual care- How do I take care of my magical universe?
  2. Participation during the training cycle remained active, with 14 people attending the first session and 10 people attending the entire cycle.In the end, they were  given a certificate for their consistent participation. 

Image of the training cycle session:

3.8 Conduct virtual talks on menstrual hygiene, use and maintenance of the menstrual cup, myths about menstruation and the cup. 

In the four sessions developed within the training cycle of coaches, topics such as the correct use of the cup, the good and bad practices of use of the cup, the myths and advantages of menstruation, the knowledge of the body, different definitions and menstruation practices in different contexts were included.

3.9 Purchase of menstrual cups.

With the support of Fokus and Women's Global Health Innovations, it was possible to purchase  800 menstrual cups of three different sizes, of very good quality and at affordable prices. 

4.0 Providing menstrual cups to girls and adolescents

We mappedthe municipalities of  Cúcuta, Villa del Rosario, Los Patios and Palenque to identify strategic delivery points that were close to as many participants as possible.Five  community leaders were in charge of delivering menstrual cups in Villa del Rosario, los  Patios, Cúcuta and Palenque. 

results: 

4.1 Virtual course on hygiene and menstrual care given to girls and adolescents 

  1. The virtual course strengthened the knowledge and self-care of107 girls andadolescentsfrom the municipalities of  Cúcuta, Villa del Rosario, Los Patios and Palenque between 13 and 25 years old. We provide timely information on menstrual health management, through activities, readings, videos, participation forums and synchronous tutorials. We managed to carry out 4 sessions to reinforce the content of the course.
  2. Although 376 girls, young women and women enrolled in the course, during telephone and message tracking, some of them expressed difficulties in having an Internet connection or mobile devices, and were unable to continue with the course. For that reason 107 students completed the entire course virtually.
  3. The virtual course and WhatsApp groups aimed to create support networks among adolescent girls as it was possible through these means to communicate and share different topics related to menstrual education. It was also possible for the participants to freely express different experiences, taboos and myths about menstruation and menstrual products in an environment free of judgment, generating a space of trust that allowed to solve questions.
  4. Before starting the course, 25 girls and adolescents (8 per group), who had started attending the course, were selected to apply the baseline to identify the conditions and knowledge base of each adolescent in terms of menstrual health management.  At the end of the course, the same baseline was appliedtoonly  25 teenagers, however, only 9 completed it.
  5. Prior to conducting the training cycle, 8 leaders and 2 mothers who were enrolled in the project were selected to apply the baseline. At the end of the cycle, the same baseline was applied to the 8 leaders and the 2 mothers. 

 4.2  Menstrual hygiene awareness campaign targeting girls and adolescents 

  1. There was a positive response to the graphic pieces shared on social media by leaders, professionals, teachers and teenagers and WhatsApp groups. They express interest in knowing the management of menstrual health, the menstrual cup and its proper use. They contribute by replicating this information in their WhatsApp state.
  2. Awareness plan for leaders and parents who support girls and adolescents
  3. It was possible to attract the attention and participation of public entities such as the Women's Corporation denounces and moves, associationof palenqueras women  Kasimba,Las Mijas, Asociación ser Negro es Más Sabroso, Fundación Hablemos and  Wome s Helth Innovation and  Fokus.
  4. The launch of the project was a key space to start implementing it as it allowed us to have contact with community leaders, professionals, teachers interested in accompanying the educational process and the delivery of menstrualcups. 

4.3. Menstrual cups given to adolescents for menstrual care.

  1. 627 girls and adolescents learned the correct use of the menstrual cup, through explanatory videos, graphic pieces, participatory meetings where the demonstration of the insertion and extraction of the cup was carried out, many doubts were clarified, in order to disprove misconceptions about the menstrual cup and provide information about its use.  
  2. A total of 627 menstrual cups were awarded: 10 of them to leaders who attended all the sessions of the training cycle, and 617 to girls and adolescents who completed the virtual course.

 

5. EVALUATION OF THE PROGRESS OF THE PROJECT:

 5,1 Main achievements 

  1. A significant achievement was to maintain the attention of the leaders and mothers in the menstrual hygiene training cycle, from the beginning to the end of it, 34 participants were enrolled and 10 remained active throughout the process.
  2. The invitation to enroll in the project had a major impact on social media, contact lists, emails, replicating and sharing the pieces, achieving greater reach to young people and other leading organizations interested in accompanying the menstrual health management process.
  3. The attendance of adolescents in synchronous tutoring remained high, the average attendance per group from beginning to end was 20 adolescents, actively participating in the forum and tutoring.

 5.2 Challenges, barriers or obstacles faced and solution 

Difficulties with internet connection, lack of band-with and/or mobile devices was a major obstacle to developing the virtual course and connecting to tutorials. Such connectivity issues prevented several participants from completing the course and obtaining their menstrual cup.

In times of Covid-19 pandemic, it was a challenge to conduct all synchronous sessions virtually as some topics were suitable to be held in person due to their large content. Additionally, it was not possible for adolescents who did not have internet to access the course content in person, due to the high contagion and restrictions on gatherings in public spaces. However, an attempt was made to establish communication with a close relative to convey accurate information about the virtual course.

5.3 Lessons learned 

It is importan to take into account connectivity barriers for a project like this, since the attendance of the participants is something that we have less control over. This leads us to consider an additional effort to achieve participation and coverage goals.

We have learned that menstrual health management should continue to be addressed broadly, in order to provide safe and truthful information about menstruation, the advantages, and disadvantages of various menstrual products, and to emphasize knowledge of girl´s and wome´s bodies. From that knowledge, we are aware of the power we have to make decisions about it, engage in safe sex, and understand natural processes such as menstruation.

 

6. List in the Annex:

See capsules: https://fundaorientame-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/aguatava_orientame_org_co/EvgL_PyKq3ZJnbiXfXhNjmsB5rDC-dXCJmuzM43NJedbWA?e=l0taUw

See list of courses enrolled and enrolleds:  https://fundaorientame-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/aguatava_orientame_org_co/Ee8j1lWvgnVJouZmpGINtDkBPcJC6qdVtZqA1KbwB5M5kg?e=yZCUwT

See list of registered leaders:  https://fundaorientame-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/aguatava_orientame_org_co/EQTKotq-1_dFijN1tTFzd0IBIWCkI4BC0KHGgT1_bqci1g?e=ABJWXh

See delivery of drinks:  https://fundaorientame-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/aguatava_orientame_org_co/ER5NWGh6niRDprhBIX0POwQBdDqFbQ6iu7KsX6jA8YX1hA?e=i653Db

View launch log: https://fundaorientame-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/aguatava_orientame_org_co/EWu_4VtezkpMrXdCXPC1rZIBWKfmIyUijtdu02R_lVGC0A?e=laUkOL

 

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NARRATIVE REPORT FORMAT

 

 1. GENERAL INFORMATION:

  

  1. Name of the organization: Fundación Oriéntame
  2. Country: Colombia
  3. Project year: 2020
  4. Name of the project: Live your menstrual care: Access to menstrual hygiene for girls and adolescents.
  5. Report period: October 7th to January 26th, 2021.
  6. Report preparation date: February 1th.
  7. Name of the person in charge: Lady Alba.

  

2. OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT:

 

  1. To improve access to long-range menstrual hygiene products for girls and adolescents in Palenque, Soledad, Villas del Rosario, Soacha, and Cuba (Colombia).
  2. To strengthen self-knowledge and self-care of girls’ and adolescents’ bodies in Palenque, Soledad, Villas del Rosario, Soacha, and Cuba (Colombia).

   

3. ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT:

 

During the period between October 7th and December 20th, the planning process for the project activities was outlined, and the execution of activities started:

 

3.1 To develop educational content and didactic exercises for training sessions on menstrual care, hygiene, and self-care.

 

  1. The design of the virtual menstrual hygiene course was carried out, the contents were developed through 4 recorded and animated units: “getting to know my body”; “my menstrual cycle, my rules”; “my hygiene and menstrual care”; and “the menstrual cup as a great option”.
  2. The development of three informative and educational capsules took place on how to talk about menstruation, and to recognize different menstrual products, to invite teenagers to enroll in the virtual course. (See capsules)

 

3.2 To invite girls and adolescents to the formative activities on menstrual care and hygiene, self-knowledge of the body.

 

It had two components:

The invitation to launch the project was widespread among different stakeholders such as community leaders, institutional referents, and teachers, with the purpose of making the course available for them, and promoting it among girls.

We also directly invited girls and adolescents between 13 and 19 years old from the municipality of Soacha. The invitation was shared through different virtual means such as social networks, email, WhatsApp, and phone calls.

Three WhatsApp groups were created, to share information and reminders of important dates with participants, as well as the tutorials schedule and any news regarding the virtual course. The content was developed according to their age for 3 groups of adolescents: the first one consisted of adolescents between 13 and 15 years old; the second group was formed by adolescents between 15 and 17 years old, and the third one was integrated by women 18 and older.

 A total of 505 girls and adolescents wanted to be enrolled in the project from different locations in Bogotá, however, from them only 399 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 25 where from Soacha. (See list of people registered and enrolled in the course).

 

3.3 To carry out virtual training in menstrual care and hygiene, focused on girls’ self-knowledge of their bodies.

 

  1. The virtual course began on November 25th and it ended on January 26th. Every unit contained the following activities:
  2. Let us learn together - introductory video of the topics to discuss in each unit.
  3.  Fun facts - a PDF with important facts to consider.
  4. Let’s clarify questions – Participating in the forum by asking questions or exploring a topic.
  5. Let’s chat- to attend the virtual tutorial meetings (synchronic meeting) or to watch the pre-recorded tutorial sessions.
  6. What did you learn? – to answer questions regarding content studied in the unit.
  7. Four synchronic tutorials were carried out after each unit to answer questions raised by the participants in the forums, or to discuss more deeply a specific topic.
  8. A total of 158 people participated in the course, among them were high school and college students, adolescents who were not attending school, and some others who were working.

 

3.4 To prepare the general concept for the campaign and graphic pieces on the use of the menstrual cup as well as menstrual hygiene.

Seventeen graphic pieces were designed within the framework of the virtual course, emphasizing key aspects regarding the use of the menstrual cup, the concept of menstrual hygiene, the menstrual cycle, menstrual products, and knowledge of our body.

 

3.5 To raise awareness.

Information capsules on menstruation were published on social media and WhatsApp groups. Messages from the participant expressing their appreciation for the course were also published, in addition to sharing a drawing of their vulva. We compiled some images, highlighting their creations and their messages to their vulva.

 

3.6 To identify leaders of the participating municipalities.

 

  1. We searched for community leaders, institutional references, teachers, fathers, and mothers of the Soacha municipality, inviting them to participate in the project through phone calls, and /or emails.
  2. A total of 33 people, including leaders, professionals, and mothers, signed up to participate in the project. (See list of the project leaders’ registration)

 

3.7 To develop a work plan with the leaders   

 

  1. The train of trainers cycle in menstrual hygiene was carried out with leaders and mothers, through five virtual sessions using Zoom: 1) Empowering ourselves about our body -Menstrual cycle and female anatomy. 2) Menstruation management -to understand our menstruation and to be in harmony with it. 3) Getting to know menstrual hygiene products-A personal choice. 4) To discover the menstrual cup -An option to know our body. 5) Finding the connection with our menstrual care- How do I take care of my magical universe?
  2. The participation during the training cycle remained active, with 16 people attending the first session and 15 people attending the entire cycle. In the end, they were given a certificate for their constant participation.

 

3.8 To conduct virtual talks on menstrual hygiene, use, and maintenance of the menstrual cup, myths about menstruation, and the cup.

In all five sessions developed within the train of trainers’ cycle, topics such as the correct use of the cup, good and bad practices using the cup, myths and advantages of menstruation, knowledge of the body, different definitions, and menstruation practices in different contexts were included.

 

3.9 Purchasing menstrual cups.

With the support of Women’s Global Health Innovations, it was possible to buy 300 menstrual cups of three different sizes, of very good quality, and at affordable prices.

 

4.0 To provide menstrual cups to girls and adolescents

We mapped the municipality of Soacha to identify strategic delivery points that were close to as many participants as possible. Five community leaders were in charge of delivering menstrual cups in San Mateo, León XIII, Hogares Soacha, Ducales, and Sutatausa. (See delivery of menstrual cups)

 

3. OUTCOMES:

 

4.1 Virtual course on hygiene and menstrual care imparted to girls and adolescents

 

  1. The virtual course strengthened the knowledge and self-care of 115 girls and adolescents from the municipality of Soacha between the ages of 13 and 25. We provided timely information on the management of menstrual health, through activities, readings, videos, forums of participation, and synchronic tutorials. We got to carry out 4 sessions to reinforce the content of the course.
  2. Although 158 students started the course, during the telephone and message follow-up, some of them expressed difficulty of having internet connection or mobile devices, and were unable to continue with the course. For that reason, 56 students completed less than two units, whereas 115 students completed the entire course.
  3. The virtual course and the WhatsApp groups aimed at creating support networks among adolescents as it was possible through these means to communicate and share different topics related to menstrual education. It was also possible for participants to freely express different experiences, taboos, and myths on menstruation and menstrual products in a judgment-free environment, generating a space of trust that allowed questions to be solved.
  4. Before starting the course, 36 girls and adolescents (12 per group), who had started attending the course, were selected to apply the baseline to identify the conditions and knowledge base of each adolescent in regards to menstrual health management.  At the end of the course, the same baseline was applied to the same 36 adolescents, however, only 25 fully filled it out. For this reason, 11 forms were discarded. (See adolescent baseline)
  5. Before carrying out the training cycle, 5 leaders and 2 mothers who were enrolled in the project were selected to apply the baseline. At the end of the cycle, the same baseline was applied to the 5 leaders and the 2 mothers. (See leaders and family baselines).

 

4.2  Awareness campaign on menstrual hygiene aimed at girls and adolescents

 

  1. There was a positive response to graphic pieces shared on social networks from leaders, professionals, teachers, and adolescents and WhatsApp groups. They express interest in knowing about the management of menstrual health, the menstrual cup and its proper use. They contributing by replicating this information in their WhatsApp status.
  2. Awareness plan for leaders and parents who support girls and adolescents
  3. It was possible to attract the attention and participation of public entities such as the Secretary of Health of Soacha, Secretary of Health Dimension of Sexual and Reproductive Health, Assembly of Women of Soacha, Municipal Mayor's Office of Sutatausa, ICBF - Gestando Futuro APC, and leaders who perform community work in Soacha. 
  4. The launch of the project was a key space to start implementing it since it allowed us to have contact with community leaders, professionals, teachers interested in accompanying the educational process and the delivery of menstrual cups (See launch registration).

 

4.3.  Menstrual cups given to adolescents for their menstrual care.

  1. 115 girls and adolescents learned the correct use of the menstrual cup, through explanatory videos, graphic pieces, participatory meetings where the demonstration of the insertion and removal of the cup was carried out, many doubts were clarified, in order to debunk misconceptions about the menstrual cup and to provide information about its use.  
  2. A total of 126 menstrual cups were delivered: 11 of them to leaders who attended all the sessions of the training cycle, and 115 to adolescents who completed the virtual course.

 

5.  EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT'S PROGRESS:

 

 5.1.  Main achievements

 

  1. A significant achievement was maintaining the attention of leaders and mothers in the cycle of training in menstrual hygiene, from the beginning to the end of it, 33 participants were enrolled and 11 remained active throughout the process.
  2. The invitation to register to the project had an important impact on social networks, contact lists, emails, replicating and sharing the pieces, achieving a greater scope to young people and other leading organizations interested in accompanying the process of menstrual health management.
  3. The attendance of adolescents in the synchronic tutorials remained high, the average attendance per group from the beginning to the end was 15 adolescents, actively participating in the forum and the tutoring.

 5.2. Challenges, barriers or obstacles faced and solution

 

The difficulties with the internet connection, the lack of band-with and or mobile devices was a significant obstacle to develop the virtual course and to connect to the tutorials. Such connectivity issues prevented several participants from completing the course and obtaining their menstrual cup.

In times of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was a challenge to carry out all the synchronic sessions in a virtual way since some topics were suitable to be carried out face-to-face due to their great content. Additionally, it was not possible for adolescents who did not have internet to access the content of the course in person, due to the high contagion and the restrictions of meetings in public spaces. However, an attempt was made to establish communication with a close relative to convey precise information about the virtual course.

 

 5.3. Lessons learned

 

Connectivity barriers have to be considered for a project such as this one, given that the attendance of the participants is something that we have less control. This leads us to consider an extra effort to accomplish the participation and coverage goals.

We have learned that the management of menstrual health must continue to be addressed broadly, in order to offer safe and truthful information on menstruation, advantages, and disadvantages of different menstrual products, and emphasize knowledge of one's own body. From that knowledge, we are aware of the power we have to make choices about it, engage in safe sex, and understand natural processes such as menstruation.

 

6. Annex List:

See capsules: https://fundaorientame-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/aguatava_orientame_org_co/EvgL_PyKq3ZJnbiXfXhNjmsB5rDC-dXCJmuzM43NJedbWA?e=l0taUw

 See list of enrolled and enrolled course: https://fundaorientame-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/aguatava_orientame_org_co/EbmEvSgOBtxHpqr2rZPoeHIB_qsXWHP1KslLS9qMbJPAjg?e=cVM1Wq

See list of projects leader’s registration: https://fundaorientame-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/aguatava_orientame_org_co/EcGfpDrUEaZGqWy4KJSJom4BOIBxkEUE9-1li1d9NZLKMg?e=sXzwzn

See delivery of glasses: https://fundaorientame-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/aguatava_orientame_org_co/EchP3eJlsZVBnCiF1SNdZFABwsWE4ukpcNRteqkWEcQs4Q?e=ItM5e4

See adolescent baseline: https://fundaorientame-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/aguatava_orientame_org_co/EfhP6Ygvw5tGu6QsK7Qs-wQBb-dRUpn2F0ivYLagh2AsyQ?e=xyfb6Z

See baseline leaders: https://fundaorientame-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/aguatava_orientame_org_co/Ed179X37VLdJthzJB1PixYABt8RBy0uT4GBXLmPnb5p1dw?e=a5BY0j See family baseline: https://fundaorientame-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/aguatava_orientame_org_co/EZh8oZQfnlpJuauMjNee8xMB8v9yrMFtvuuj8tEZf35btw?e=xvQhHA

See launch registration: https://fundaorientame-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/aguatava_orientame_org_co/EQsmeLUchldPsRtchn4NkDoBbvg3ug6qRrrNVigpTfxO1g?e=CyWaeu

 

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VIVE TU CUIDADO MENSTRUAL

Acceso a higiene menstrual para niñas y adolescentes

 

NUESTRO PUNTO DE PARTIDA

Estamos dando pasos cuidadosos a través del análisis de interesados e inicio del pilotaje:

 

1. Análisis de interesados

Nuestro equipo está escuchando las voces que ayuden a robustecer nuestra iniciativa, de tal manera que podamos desarrollar una acción sin daño y que propicie bienestar en pro de que los adolescentes vivan una menstruación con dignidad y respeto por sus opciones y autonomía. En este sentido realizamos:

 

ü  Tres (3) reuniones proveedores de productos de higiene menstrual.

ü  Tres (3) reuniones con investigadoras de productos para el cuidado menstrual

ü  Dos (2) reuniones con Líderes comunitarias

ü  contacto con adolescentes y grupos de mujeres que quieren participar en el proyecto

ü  Contacto interinstitucional con colegas que trabajan con las posibles beneficiarias

 

 2.  Pilotaje

Nuestro proyecto tiene el sueño de alcanzar a 2500 niñas, sin embargo nuestra recaudación solo ha alcanzado el 16% del costo total del proyecto, así que decidimos avanzar con el piloto que cubra a 500 de ellas en el municipio de Soacha. Para ello avanzamos de la siguiente manera.

 

ü  Identificamos las líderes que pueden acompañar la iniciativa en Soacha

ü  Diseñamos el instrumento de línea de base que se aplicará a las adolescentes

ü  Diseñamos la metodología y contenido de las sesiones educativas

ü  Iniciamos el la producción del curso virtual de higiene menstrual

 

Síguenos de cerca y comparte porque nos falta 2000 adolescentes para incluir en este cambio: Por una menstruación digna, higiene menstrual saludable conéctate con nosotros educación@orientame.org.co

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Location: Bogota, Cundinamarca - Colombia
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