The young school girls undergoing reproductive growth is a regular normal involvement exposing them to their womanhood experience whenever they face first menstrual cycle commonly in early teen age. However it’s still worrying when girls confess that when things turn upside down with insufficient menstrual health knowledge and management materials such as sanitary wears (sanitary pads) , they end up improvising with unhealth and unsuitable materials to maintain the situation for example Nabuma confessed how she had been using toilet paper tissues and hand kerchiefs when her mother was unable to provide her with sanitary pads in time as she was facing financial constraints to take care for the family as a single mother who has got no reliable source of income.
Moreso, a lot of girls who face menstrual cycles for their first time have less knowledge about their body changes surrounded by stigma from both female and male classmates which creates a gap for general sensitisation amongst school health administration team and pupils to allow everyone a right to menstrual health management knowledge.
Furthermore, the previous engagements on menstrual health management through UYSTO in partnership with the host urban poor schools of Kigobe primary school and Tula Primary school-Kawempe has been impactful in a sense that the cases of school dropouts by girls reduced compared to the previous years and there has been a regular attendance of classes (by girl child) which has registered a steady progress in performance of girls during end of year examinations for example, the headteacher of Tula primary school appreciated for having contributed in education of young girls (girl child education) by promoting their menstrual health which influenced the overwhelming performance of girls in general school activities for instance a number of girls had been among the best performers in end of year examinations most especially primary four, five and six and she expected good results for the girls in primary seven who wrote national Primary Leaving Examinations (P.L.E).
Therefore, the regular project activity coordination, monitoring and evaluation has achieved a lot towards the implementation of the main objectives of the project through empowering young girls in urban poor schools to access education with zero menstrual challenges in concluded provision of sanitary pads that maintain their bodies healthy while keeping them away from menstrual stigma.
Ttula primary school-one of the beneficiary school
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