Menstrual Education and Product Distribution

Our approach

Women and Girls do not have consistent access to MHM product range or choice to preferred, high-quality MHM products. Most women and girls in Uganda use homemade alternatives, such as an old cloth, rags, papers, cow dung, and leaves in rural communities. In Uganda, the private sector as manufacturers of sanitary towels makes the product market indicate that premium commercial products are unaffordable or not consistently accessible for women and girls in low-income communities like slums and rural areas. 

Vulnerable girls in schools have been receiving a range of menstrual hygiene products from IIEA such as reusable pads, flow cups and disposable pads. Many of the women and girls prefer the reusable pads because it provides them a safety net of 2-4 years while with the introduction of flow cups for secondary school girls, it is a perfect way to manage their periods. The strategy will scale up a campaign to increase uptake and distribution of reusable pads for primary and secondary school girls and to engage in hygiene initiatives. 

MHE Sessions

Distriubution of Re-usable products

Distribution of Scholastic Materials

Community and School Leadership Meetings

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Reached through door to door

Distribution of Re-usable Pads

Women and Girls do not have consistent access to MHM product range or choice to preferred, high-quality MHM products. Most women and girls in Uganda use homemade alternatives, such as an old cloth, rags, papers, cow dung, and leaves in rural communities. In Uganda, the private sector as manufacturers of sanitary towels make the product market indicate that premium commercial products are unaffordable or not consistently accessible for women and girls in low-income communities like slums and rural areas.

With support from Irise International, Irise Institute East Africa (IIEA) distributed washable pads to primary school going girls. So far, nine schools benefited from this initiative, among the girls that benefited, some had a disability (deaf individuals, individuals with intellectual impairment, visual impairments, and/or physical impairments amongst others) and others were most vulnerable (girls whose guardians/parents cannot afford providing pads every month due to financial difficulties).

The schools included: St. Ursula special needs schools, Kyomya and Mafubira, Namaganaga, Nkondo, Butangala and Buyengo, Bubugo, Iwololo. The pad distribution was aimed at empowering a girl to menstruate with dignity but also keep her in school to achieve their potential unlimited by periods.

Distribution of Flow Cups

IIEA with support from The Cova Project, an Australian-based charity that believes in access to safe menstrual solutions for all women and girls. Through this initiative, we have been able to support the most vulnerable girls/women with flow cups and accurate information on menstrual health so that they can better manage their period in Jinja, Isingiro, Soroti, and Kumi districts in Uganda. So far, Flow cups have been distributed as follows; Jinja district through IIEA distributes flow cups, among these 26 were given to mothers from Wanyange lake community, a slum within the country. The partner Anne Adeke foundation and Hands of Hope Uganda reached and distributed 150 flow cups, 75 each in Soroti district, We Empower Her reached 403 in Isingiro district while Ask8 Foundation in Kumi district reaching 150 girls.

Distribution of Scholastic Materials

Irise Institute East Africa – IIEA distributes scholastic (books, pens, pencils & sets) materials to more than 300 girls from over 6 primary schools under the creating period positive schools project. The beneficiaries have mostly been in 2 categories so far; girls with disabilities (deaf individuals, those with intellectual impairments, visual impairments, and physical impairments among others) and most vulnerable girls (girls whose guardians/parents cannot afford providing these materials due to financial difficulties). Each of these girls received books, pens, pencils & a mathematical set. To help support the girls stay in school and realize their potential.

Community and School Leadership Meetings

IIEA conducts meetings with school head teachers, administrators, and senior women teachers to keep them informed about the project, empower them to guide the project, discuss the challenges and how to sustain the project beyond its lifetime.

During the meetings, IIEA re administers a checklist to assess the schools ‘improvement of menstrual friendly facilities. The meetings were conducted with 3 primary schools of Namaganga, Bubugo and Iwololo.
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