YIYA Foundation

YIYA Foundation


Empowering Girls in Menstrual Hygiene Management in Buyende

On May 28th, we celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Day in Buyende district, Uganda, marking a significant milestone in our efforts to improve women’s health and education. In partnership with “Could You Cup,” we distributed menstrual cups to 50 secondary school girls and provided essential MHM training to 30 girls and senior women.

This initiative is crucial, given the stark realities of menstrual hygiene in Uganda. According to the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), as of 2017, women and girls constitute 50.7% of Uganda’s population. However, a study of 140 schools in Uganda revealed that a staggering 65% of them are unable to fully access and meet their MHM needs.

The lack of proper facilities further compounds this issue with only 59% of households having regular access to water in schools and communities. This shortage of basic resources significantly hampers girls’ ability to manage their menstrual hygiene effectively.

Our event in Buyende district aimed to address these challenges by introducing sustainable and hygienic solutions. The distribution of menstrual cups offers a long-term, eco-friendly alternative to traditional menstrual products. Moreover, the training sessions empowered participants with knowledge and skills to manage their menstrual health confidently.

This initiative is just one step in the ongoing journey to improve MHM in Uganda. By providing practical solutions and education, we’re not only addressing immediate hygiene needs but also contributing to broader goals of gender equality and education access.

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