This project will produce high quality re-usable sanitary towels in order to increase access to sanitary towels and comprehensive menstrual hygiene management knowledge and risk awareness of HIV&AIDS to 10,000 in-school and out of school Adolescent girls and young women in Northern Uganda.
The expense of commercial sanitary pads; Absenteeism where girls stay at home rather than attending school when menstruating; Unhygienic ways to dry menstrual materials; Inadequate waste disposal facilities; Lack of privacy for changing menstrual materials; Leakage from poor-quality protection materials; The lack of resources for washing such as soap; Limited education about the facts of menstruation; Limited access to counselling and guidance; Fear caused by cultural
To improve school attendance among 10,000 girls between the ages of 10 and 15 years in primary schools; To increase access to 10,000 vulnerable adolescent girls with sanitary towels and comprehensive menstrual hygiene management knowledge and risk awareness of HIV&AIDS among in-school and out of school girls between the ages 10 to 15 years; To increase the self-esteem of needy girls between ages 10 to 15 years; To improve economic status for out of young women between 18-34 years;
Up to 10,000 girls from marginalised communities within 100 primary schools will benefit from the project. The project will have an impact on health status of girls through improvement in the health status and personal hygiene of the girls as a result of using the reusable pads. This will be realised in the sense that girls will no longer have to use unhygienic materials like old pieces of cloth or old newspapers that most of them are currently using during their menses.