Uganda: free sanitary pad school project

School children (both girls and boys) in Uganda’s northern Amuru and Gulu regions are being taught how to make sanitary pads using cheap, locally available materials. This is one of the measures being undertaken to increase girls’ retention in primary schools.  Only 38 per cent of eligible girls are enrolled in primary schools in Gulu in 2011, against a national rate of 70 per cent.

Pupils take measurements of a cotton cloth to be used to make sanitary pads. Photo: Charles Akena/IRIN

The reusable sanitary pads are made from soft cotton cloth covered with polythene to protect leakage. The pads can  be washed and last several months. Local shops stock sanitary pads that cost on average 5,000 Ugandan shillings (about US$2.50) a packet, which is too expensive for most rural families in northern Uganda.

Besides a lack of sanitary pads, few or no private toilet facilities for girls as well as a shortage of female teachers are said to contribute to adolescent girls’ absenteeism from school.

Development partners are helping to build changing rooms for girls in some schools, training female teachers on guidance and counselling skills and are supporting the production and free distribution of sanitary pads.

At Awich Primary School, where the project was launched in 2010, girls’ enrolment has increased from 268 in 2010 to 310 in 2011.

Source: IRIN, 21 Jul 2011

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4 responses to “Uganda: free sanitary pad school project

  1. Good Day

    I would like to get involved with this project or help in some way. Could you possibly supply me with some contact information?

  2. Am a primary school teacher in Kasese-Uganda would like my school benifit from your free sanitary pad project.
    Masereka Joel

  3. I would be happy if i get a response from you soon.

  4. Hello Joel,
    What is your school? How many girls are estimated to have began their periods in your school? We have been piloting a reusable cloth pad project with a few schools here in Kasese and we are vigorously forging partnership to see how this can be scaled-up!

    Check what we are doing http://kasese.ning.com/profiles/blogs/growing-up-what-it-takes-to-be-a-women-can-limit-academic-success.

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