The Power of Sanitary Pads

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For young women in parts of East Africa, (and in other countries), discrimination, a lack of hygiene facilities and limited access to sanitary protections means many are forced to miss school during their period , and eventually drop out. They lose out on the vital education that will open their lives to opportunity.

Build Africa’s menstrual hygiene training teaches girls (and sometimes boys) to manage menstruation better, to dispel the myths that can damage the way girls are seen, and to make re-usable sanitary pads. Caroline, has this to say:

‘After attending the training on sexual reproductive health, the knowledge and skills I obtained on making reusable pads helped me supply myself every month. I now have emergency pads in hand when going to school and this has improved my attendance’

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