Jul 25, 2011

Uganda: Sanitary Pads Keep Girls in School


When seeking to improve the rate of young girls attending school, students and faculty in Uganda’s northern Amuru and Gala regions have found that distributing free, locally-made, reusable sanitary pads makes a significant difference. Using cheap and local materials, children are volunteering their time to construct sanitary pads and donate their products to the free pad project. Due to the lack of female teachers, private toilet facilities, and sensitivity towards educating adolescent girls, only 38% of eligible girls in the Gala region are enrolled in primary school. Young girls feel discouraged to attend school regularly or at all because of these factors, thus it was encouraging seeing the rates improve with the uptake of the free pad project and building of private changing rooms interventions. Education officers believe that along with these efforts, educating female teachers on guidance and counseling skills is the next step to improving the educational needs for young Ugandan girls. Girls’ education is a necessary factor for improving Uganda’s educational system, as well as having a substantial impact on the nation’s health and economy. Life for Mothers recognizes the importance of such fundamental causes in implementing sustainable, replicable, and cost-effective health programs to reduce the death of women and children in developing countries. Along with our various goals, we are currently working to improve male and community involvement in women’s empowerment. Addressing the beliefs of communities and their leaders can have a substantial impact on the likelihood of maintaining and sustaining programs that directly impact vulnerable women and children. To read the full article, click here

Did you know?

Women in developing countries are 300 times more likely to die than those in the industrialized world.

Source:UNICEF, 2010

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