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Improving female hygiene with Reliefpads

April 18th, 2019

WEFOCO​, in partnership with ​ReliefLine Kenya and under the ​EU Aid volunteers initiative, conducted a training in Menstruation Hygiene Management, including the distribution of reusable sanitary towels​ Reliefpads​.
Access to menstrual hygienic products is challenging for school girls in rural areas of Kenya (according to a research by Unicef, 54% of girls have difficulties getting sanitary products). In addition talking about periods is still taboo; this results in a lack of accurate, available information about menstruation and feminine health. As a consequence, girls often miss school during menstruation with increased chance of contracting infections.

To fight this misinformation and stigma, WEFOCO provided a training covering diverse topics related to menstruation, puberty, hygiene and reproductive system. The session included the distribution and demonstration of reusable sanitary pads manufactured by Ajay Industrial Corporation and donated by ReliefLine. 200 kits of Reliefpads, one-year functional pads, were distributed among 200 girls studying in four secondary schools in Shianda area. This hopefully enables girls to continue attending classes while keeping their health safe during the menstruation.

The cooperation will continue and, in the future, more girls will have the chance to benefit from this program.

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