Project Lead(s): Bernard Obera
Menstruating schoolgirls in Kenya have little access to affordable menstrual products. In turn, they frequently struggle with shame surrounding the use of unhygienic menstrual solutions, which poses health risks to young girls, and often prevents them from participating in school during menstruation. A lack of access to hygenic menstrual products in turn prevents school aged girls from learning, and engaging in life both inside and outside of school.
The project designs and tests a school-based program to mentor adolescent girls in menstrual hygiene management. The program goals include identifying, educating and providing menstrual supplies to 10,000 girls in 100 schools; recruiting, training and supporting up to 500 local female mentors; a 60% increase in schoolgirls knowledgable about the correct practice of menstrual cups, and a 60% rise in schoolgirls attending school during menses.