As a community activist, I want to use data to develop a Menstruation Period Management (MPM) toolkit to educate girls, parents, and teachers so that we can encourage open conversations around MPM and help them understand that menstruation period for a woman is a prestige; it’s not a curse. The goal is to eventually keep young women and girls in school by lowering absenteeism caused by MPM.
Jonathan Manyama Kifunda, Hamisi Juma Gumbo, Mussa Simon Magoma, Peter Andewa Matyoko, Seraphina Raphael Ariro;and Stella Aoko Wanyama
My solution is a menstruation and hygiene toolkit for remote areas including an education video, interactive games, etc. to educate girls, parents and teachers - and contribute to lowering the chances of absenteeism during menstruation. The goal is to eventually keep young women and girls in school. The toolkit will be used in schools and the community (through outdoor cinema) and easily attracts people.
Thubutu Africa Initiatives (TAI) wants to scale up the project in two areas. First, increase knowledge on MHM among schoolgirls (AGYW) and their communities via the educational toolkit. Second, increase production of re-usable sanitary pads (Bintipads) to cover five district councils: Kishapu, Shinyanga district, Shinyanga Municipal, Ushetu and Msalala. The production unit will be based in Shinyanga municipal where TAI’s office is based.