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“Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health.”

Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management

PROBLEM STATEMENT

Period poverty is an overwhelming concept in sub-Saharan Africa. Women and girls either don’t have access to menstrual products and WASH (water, sanitation and good hygiene) facilities or in the rare scenarios where they do, they don’t have any way of disposing of menstrual waste.

The solution lies in Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).  It’s the access to adequate information, preparation, and support with which to manage menstruation in a healthy, safe, and dignified manner.

 
We all should care about Menstrual Hygiene Management because it can further social and economic empowerment and growth. It can also contribute to achieving a number of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including, but not limited to: quality education (SDG 4), gender equality (SDG 5), and clean water and sanitation (SDG 6). 
Women in resource-poor parts of countries in the region, owing to lack of availability of adequate products, use old clothes, paper, cotton or wool pieces, and even leaves to manage their menstrual bleeding. This situation is worse for school girls.

A UNESCO report estimates that one in ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their menstrual cycle. By some estimates, this equals as much as twenty percent of a given school year.

Many girls drop out of school altogether once they begin menstruating. Should young women miss twenty percent of school days in a given year due to a lack of facilities or a lack of information or a lack of sanitary products?

PROGRAM DETAIL
 

Today, millions of women and girls* around the world are stigmatized, excluded, and discriminated against simply because they menstruate. In 2022, it’s no longer acceptable that a natural bodily function prevents women and girls from getting an education, earning an income, and fully and equally participating in everyday life.

It is our intention to:

  • Break the taboos and end the stigma surrounding menstruation
  • Create and support global media awareness like “My Period Chronicles” 
  • Raise awareness about the challenges women face regarding access to period care products, enlightenment about menstruation.

This year, we will be reaching out to 6000 girls, distributing sanitary pads, sensitizing them on menstrual hygiene in partnership with supporting organizations as well as a session on our flagship program “The Outreach Challenge”.

ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED

THE SMILE OUTREACH

The Smile Outreach is a nonprofit Providing educational initiatives at the grassroots level to children across Africa, Enhancing Continuing Personal Development, volunteer training, anti-cross generational sex advocacy, and emotional, mental, and material relief for women and children in Nigeria.

Our core areas that cover SDG 2,3,4,5 and 17 are 

  • Gender Balance
  • Anti-cross generational sexual relationship
  • Effective training for Nonprofits and Volunteers
  • Emotional, mental and material relief
  • Education advancement through Continuing personal development and awareness on Contemporary issues in Africa

PAD-UP AFRICA

Pad-Up Africa is a non-profit organisation established in 2017 born out of passion and a sense of responsibility toward curbing the deficits knowledge gap and skills set on good menstrual hygiene management among adolescent girls and women in Africa.

Perturbed by UNESCO findings that one out of ten girls in sub-Sahara Africa misses school due to menstruation, Pad-Up Africa through sanitary sensitization has continued to device practical ways to change the narrative within the shortest possible time. 

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM FOUNDATION

Beyond the Classroom is a volunteer driven nonprofit founded in 2011 aimed at improving access to education for children and reproductive health education for girls in marginalized communities in Nigeria.

We recognize the importance that education has on us as humans, and we believe that education is the ONLY method by which poverty can truly be eliminated.

Through special interventions targeted at families with children, we support single mothers, widows and vulnerable families in disadvantaged communities and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp.

Mission

To provide resources and partner with other nonprofits to remove all barriers that prevent children in poor and underserved communities from getting an education.

Vision

We envision an Africa where every child regardless of background or family economic status is inspired and empowered to enroll, stay and excel in school.

A unique crossbreed between a NGO and a creative agency

WASH United works to build a world in which all people benefit from safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), including menstrual hygiene. A unique crossbreed between an NGO and a creative agency, WASH United focuses on the challenges in advocacy and education where our combination of WASH sector expertise and creative talent can make the biggest difference.

In terms of advocacy, WASH United focuses on two initiatives: Menstrual Hygiene Day, the global movement to end period stigma, which WASH United initiated and leads; and Making Rights Real, the initiative to promote access to services for all people using human rights, which WASH United co-developed and co-leads. In terms of education, WASH United focuses on the development and dissemination of low-cost, scalable solutions for menstrual hygiene education for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia which can be accessed free of charge.

AMAZE envisions a world that recognizes child and adolescent sexual development as natural and healthy, a world in which young people everywhere are supported and affirmed and the adults in their lives communicate openly and honestly with them about puberty, reproduction, relationships, sex and sexuality. In such a world, young people across the globe would have access to the information and support they need to develop into sexually healthy adults.

AMAZE harnesses the power of digital media to provide young adolescents around the globe with medically accurate, age-appropriate, affirming, and honest sex education they can access directly online regardless of where they live or what school they attend.

AMAZE also strives to assist adults—parents, guardians, educators and health care providers around the globe to communicate effectively and honestly about sex and sexuality with the children and adolescents in their lives.