In the week of September 15, we enjoyed a great visit by our partner Plan Netherlands. Together with Plan Australia, Plan Netherlands is funding a Menstrual Hygiene Management project that is implemented by Plan Uganda and AFRIpads. The goal of the project is to enable 100,000 rural women and adolescent girls to manage their menstruation effectively and hygienically in Tororo, Lira and Kamuli districts. We showed Plan our production facilities in and around Masaka, and visited our project in Tororo. We met with several AFRIpads dealers, who are sensitizing the communities around them about AFRIpads and MHM in general. We also spoke with school girls, who shared their experiences with us on how menstruation was affecting their life. A reporter of the Dutch magazine Viva joined Plan Netherlands during their visit, and the result is this really nice video. Some bits are in Dutch, but the majority is in English. It gives a nice impression of our work and our great partnership with Plan!!
AFRIpads participated in the first ever national conference on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) that took place 14-15 August in Kampala. Theme of the conference was ‘Break the silence on menstruation; Keep girls in school”. AFRIpads was part of the consortium of civil society organizations that organized the conference, in collaboration with the Ministries of Health, Education and Sports, Gender, Labour and Social Development, and the Ministry of Water and Environment. The conference brought together voices of civil society organization, government and the private sector, with an overall aim to ensure that girls will get all the support they need to complete school and reach their full potential. The fact that this conference took place shows the increasing acknowledgement of MHM as a vital issue in keeping girls in school, and at AFRIpads we are happy to see the commitment in Uganda to break the silence on menstruation!
Friday the 13th of June turned out to be our lucky day, as AFRIpads received a Tumaini Award!! AFRIpads was nominated in the Social Enterprise category and was announced as the winner during a special award gala dinner in Kampala, Uganda. The Tumaini Awards aim to recognize individuals, civil society organizations, companies and members of the media who have made significant contributions and efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda are recognized. The theme of this year was “A child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Uganda”. Read the full article about the event here.
AFRIpads was a participant in the first-ever AidEx Africa; a two-day high-profile conference that took place on June 5th-6th in Nairobi, Kenya. AidEx Africa is a satellite event to the already well-established AidEx conference and exhibition for humanitarian and development aid, held each year in Brussels. You can view the highlights of the conference in this short AidEx film. Stay tuned at the 4-minute mark for an interview with the AFRIpads team!
Wednesday, May28th was the first-ever Menstrual Hygiene Day!! As you can imagine, we were very happy that for the first time this day was internationally celebrated. We hope that it raised more awareness about the challenges so many girls and women in developing countries face when they are in their period. In Kampala there was a Menstrual Hygiene Day Advocacy Walk, and AFRIpads was of course one of the participants. We also ran a special Menstrual Hygiene Day promotion on our Facebook page on behalf of the AFRIpads Foundation, through which we will be able to donate 491 AFRIpads kits to schoolgirls in Uganda!
Over the last month, the AFRIpads sales representatives Carolyn, Christine, Phionah and Esther have been very busy with their ‘Back to School’ campaign. With the new AFRIpads van they have been travelling all over Uganda, together with their local sales teams, to raise awareness and of course to sell AFRIpads!