Girls In Control – Menstrual Hygiene Management (GIC-MHM)

OUTCOME 1: Increased behavioural change communication towards menstrual hygiene in 72 schools and 2 women groups in 2 S/C of Mukono district and 2 divisions of Mukono municipality.

Sensitisation sessions in the 72 schools for PTAs and SMCs members at school level to demystify taboos on MHM.

Sensitization sessions for PTA, SMC, teachers & parents to demystify MHM as a taboo were carried out in 21 schools at school level. During the meeting, members on the PTA/SMC together with the teachers and parents were sensitised to demystify taboos surrounding menstruation, definition of the MHM services and infrastructure needed for instance changing rooms, washrooms, disposal facilities for used MHM materials, emergency uniforms, pants and painkillers was also done. The participants then had a dialogue on how to provide the materials and MHM infrastructures in the schools.At Kasaayi R/C p/s, parents contributed bricks to construct permanent washroom for girls while at Seeta UMEA p/s the SMCs provided emergency uniform, materials for making RUMPS and bags, emergency knickers and pain killers as well as construction of an incinerator for disposal of used MHM materials, at Kyabakadde R/C the PTA and SMC members provided for the construction of a washroom and hand washing facility to strengthen sanitation in the school and at Sitankya p/s parents fundraised for construction of new latrine with a permanent washroom.

OUTCOME 2: Increased access to hygienic facilities to dispose, collect and re-use menstrual Hygiene products.

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Conduct 4 sub county level advocacy meetings for 65 school PTAs/SMCs members of the indirectly targeted schools to learn and incorporate MHM in the SDPs.

4sub county level advocacy meetings for 65 indirect schools to learn and incorporate MHM in the SDPs were conducted. During the meeting advocacy was done in  schools that do not have MHM infrastructures like changing room, wash rooms, resting rooms, hand washing facility, latrines, and the materials such as pads, bags, pain killers as well as counselling services to be put in place.This activity was successfully done and participants promised to be supportive.

 

OUTCOME 3: increased access to affordable and safe sanitary material supply that meets consumer needs and preference.

Linking the private sector providers to women groups/ schools.

Follow up was done to 4 trained local tailors to link them to the women’s groups and schools in order to supply MHM materials. Out of the 4 tailors 2 tailors were working hand in hand with the WGs to supply and market RUMPS to the community while 1 tailor in Kyampisi sub-county concentrated on making bags due to low demand for RUMPS.

 

OUTCOME 4: Increased multi stakeholder engagement, district/regional/national level dialogues and learning on MHM.

 

District engagement meetings of sub-county chiefs, DEO, DIS, inspector, LCIII’s and DLGs of the directly targeted schools to construct and maintain sanitation facilities.

One district and Municipal level engagement meeting of sub-county chiefs, LCIII’s chairperson, sec for education at sub-county level and DLGs, DEO, DIS, inspector, sec LCV for education, sec women affairs, chairperson HTs at sub-county level and district HTs association chairpersons was Conducted. During the workshop definition of MHM materials and infrastructures such as washrooms, changing rooms, emergency uniforms, pads and provision of pain killers needed in schools was done.

 

NO NAME OF SCHOOL SUB-COUNTY/ DIVISION QUOTES
01 Namulugwe C/U p/s Nama Ø  Nazziwa Justine a pupil in P.6 class said, “before menstrual hygiene management program, boys used to laugh at girls and didn’t want to seat with those in periods on the same desk, but now we are very free and boys no longer laugh at girls
02 Sitankya p/s Kyampisi Ø  The head teacher madam Nabasumba Joyce said, “The population has increased by 10 to 20 pupils in a very short period compared to previous years, about 10 girls in upper primary have been registered this year. Parents are transferring their children from other nearby schools to Sitankya in order to learn the skill of making their own pads”
03 Kivuuvu p/s Nama Ø  Tiiko Dianah a pupil in P.5 class said, “I  knew very litle information concerning menstruation because I stay with my father who never talked about it, but now am happy that my SWT has given me all the information and how to care for my self.”
04 Kyabakadde R/C p/s Kyampisi Ø  The head teacher mr Ssentamu Ronald said, “girls no longer miss school due tomenstruation, most of them use their RUMPS,a separate wash room and a handwashing facility were constructed and this has improved hygiene in school”.
05 Sitankya Kyampisi Ø  The SWT madam Ndibalekera Fatuma said,“The greatest achievement registered this year is reduction of teenage pregnancy cases in the school. It has dropped from 2 pregnancy cases per a year to zero”
06 Sitankya p/s Kyampisi Ø  Babirye Babra a pupil in P.5  class and member of the SHC said, “I appreciate the existence of the washroom with soap and water at school because I no longer go back home to change the used RUMPS, am able to clean up my self  from school”
07 Sitankya p/s Kyampisi Ø  Madam Nambalirwa Juliet a teacher said, “ The skill of making pads helped me so much because I make my own pads and ihave even trained my daughters in Secoundary level whichhas reducedon my expenditure.”

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