This project complements an ongoing project funded by Fondation de France on HIV/aids prevention, gender inequalities and sexual and reproductive health through which we discovered the use of tissue, cut-out towels in deplorable hygienic conditions that irritate and could constitute gateways to HIV. It's aims to sensitise women on tools and tips of good menstrual hygiene, scaling up of listening and support activities, and boost the parent-to-child dialogue on sexuality.
In Cameroon, the feminization of the HIV epidemic is rooted in biological and socio-cultural determinants. The health system is quite avant-garde but the actions do not reach the remote rural areas sufficiently. In our area of action, we carried out previous activities of proximity with the populations which led us to discover that women of our villages had a misunderstanding of the importance of the menstrual hygiene and an absence of the parent-child dialogue on the sexuality.
We will continue the listening and support activities towards girls that are conducted by a social worker and a nurse in our center, give them the appropriate sanitary napkins (as educative tools at the beginning) and demonstrate on how to use them, and secondly conduct educational talks with their parents to encourage parent to child communication. In addition, we will train 10 community animators to sensitize women's associations on how to support their children and themselves.
We estimate at 1000 the number of women and girls to be reached by the project that are able to manage properly their menstrual hygiene. We plan to distribute 20000 sanitary napkins to the beneficiaries, demonstrate how to use them, but the expected impact is that each family can budgetise a girl's sanitary napkin for one dollar per month, communicate on sexual issue and be able to go to a health facility when needed.