A4HU Donates Reusable Sanitary Pads to Primary Schools in Mityana District
In partnership with the Mityana District Health Office and District Administration, Action 4 Health Uganda supported over 200 pupils from three schools in Kalangalo Sub County of Mityana districts and 150 parents from the surrounding communities to commemorate Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28th May. The ceremony provided a platform for the institution to donate 2400 reusable sanitary pads to the schools in order to support them in the promotion of proper menstrual hygiene practices.
It also enabled representatives from the A4HU-suported “Muvubuka Agunjuse” youth club in Kampala that makes reusable sanitary pads to demonstrate the proper use of the sanitary pads to the children and adults present, in a bid to promote understanding of the fact that menstruation matters to everyone.
Prior to the event, the A4HU Youth Truck engaged communities in discussions about menstrual hygiene and invited them to attend the commemoration ceremony at Kyantungo HC IV. From traders to boda boda cyclists and taxi drivers, A4HU staff and staff from the Mityana District Health department interacted with community members and addressed several opinions and queries about menstrual hygiene that were raised. Some of the questions that were asked included,
“Why does my wife’s stomach continue to hurt even after her period is over?”
“Why am I having my period when I recently learned that I am pregnant?”
“Why do I feel stomach pain when I am not in my period, and yet I feel nothing when I am in it?”
Some community members who didn’t know that their queries could be handled at the local HC IV were referred and were able to seek professional counsel during the commemoration ceremony.
A4HU in consortium with HRNS and WHAVE Solutions is implementing a three year project named “Team Up” in 5 Sub Counties of Mityana District namely: Malangala, Bbanda, Kalangalo, Maanyi and Bulera. The overall goal of the project is to empower over 50,000 young men and women in aspects of improved health, hygiene behaviour, increased income and civic engagement.