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In December 2014, Save the Children Uganda started working with us to test the e-based learning program on Sexual reproductive health called “Learning About Living” (LAL) which also equipped our e-learning unit with 12 computers. Until June 2014, 72 beneficiaries had benefited from the program. This program is part of the ongoing project is called “Keep it Real” implemented by Save the Children and ACODEV.

Workshop about menstruation and menstruation management

The issue

1 out of 10 African schoolgirls skips school or drops out of school entirely due to a lack of menstrual products and poor access to proper sanitation, according to UNICEF. This critical unavailability of sanitary products in developing countries is a major barrier to education for girls of school-going age. The inability to effectively manage menstruation contributes to absences of up to 4-5 school days each month, equating to as much as 20% of the academic year intentionally skipped, simply due to menstruation. Eventually many of these girls drop out of school entirely, increasing their likelihood of teen pregnancy health complications and early marriage, and further limiting their future career and economic opportunities.”(Source)

Our project

We developed workshops for girls in primary and secondary school, where we talk about the menstruation in general to give an overview to the girls, explain how female reproductive system works and talk about menstrual cramps and what the girls can do against the pain, so that they don’t have to miss classes because of the pain.

The workshop is followed by small focus group discussions in which the girls are shown how to use a sanitary pad, share our own experiences and allow them to ask us questions about menstruation. The workshop was combined with a research using questionnaire method. 

The project continues with workshops on how to make reusable sanitary pads.