LITLE CUP BIG CHANGE MENSTRUAL CARE PROGRAM MONTHLY REPORT 2019
Menstrual management among young people living in the urban is a challenging topic and concern to address. With support from our GlobalGiving friends, 50 menstrual cups where purchased and provided to 50 girls as a cost-effective, sustainable, and hygienic method of managing menstruation in Uganda. Following the provision of the cups, a follow up and continuous trainings were made to some of the girls and staff who received the cups.
FOCUS GROUP DISCUSION AND IN-DEPTH TRAINING
Two focus group discussions were conducted to reflect on the use of menstrual cups among the beneficiaries who received the cups in the initial launch of the project. In their discussion about their experience in using the cups, a number of their views were documented which included having challenges in inserting the cups by almost all the beneficiaries of the program. This was responded to during the in-depth training on usage that was conducted by their fellow peers who did not face any challenges. Additionally, monthly sessions were conducted to 56 young people on usage and maintenance of menstrual cups, puberty, menstrual cycles, and menstrual management.
There is still fear and myths surrounding the usage of menstrual cups which we need to adress by conducting more sessions to raise awareness.
Menstrual management is very costly as the use of single drop sanitary pads is not sustainable. There is need for provision of more sustainable alternatives forexample trainings on how to use reusable sanitary towels for those who cannot afford menstrual cups.
Pressure from the young people who never received menstrual cups to receive trainings on usage of reusable sanitary pads. This also requires training materials and facilitation for the training
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