A Happy New Year！
Global Bridge Network (GBN) has started 2 new projects with our partner, SORAK Development Agency in Uganda in 2017 and all projects are to kept on going till 2018. We really appreciate all your kindly cooperation and supports.
We would like to report about the baseline survey and impact assessment of the “Improvement of school environment to combat Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges to Stop Adolescent Girls’ School Dropouts in Uganda”.
The baseline survey was conducted in April, 2017 so as not only to understand the current situations but also be able to implement this project as much effective as possible.
Assessment ongoing at St. Josephs’ Kibalinga Primary school (Baseline survey)
We also conducted the impact assessment in October, 2017 to evaluate the completed project and it would help to propose suggestions for the next project in 2018.
Through these reports, we hope you to understand the reason why we conducted this project and find the effectiveness. We would highly appreciate it if you could also check other activity reports.
This survey was made for clarification of current situations about improper Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), lack of teacher and parents’ understanding, and support from the government which was done through interviewing school girls who already experienced menstruation.
A quoted part of the report.
“School administrators, teachers and senior women teachers and school children agree that there is an urgent need to supply MHM commodities. It was also stated that these MHM commodities should come along with training, washroom infrastructure supply and involving female parents in the making of reusable sanitary pads in order to make the activity acceptable and sustainable.”
The MHM and reusable sanitary pad making were conducted to school girls and boys, teachers and guardians. We would like to introduce some parts of the results of these training as follows.
Discussion at Lwawuna Primary school (Impact Assessment)
• 31.3% of the respondents confessed to have learnt and had started putting into practice the basis on proper MHM.
• 37.5% of the respondents were proud to have acquired skills on how to make reusable pads and to use them.
• Girls never used to talk to their parents and guardians about menstrual issues. However after the training 6.3% acknowledged to have started opening up to their guardians. After the training, it was noted that girls and their parents have started open discussions about sexual reproductive health and menstrual hygiene management issues. Even parents who had not participated had learnt from their friends that they have to have open discussions with their daughters and had started disclosing.
Besides, the boys’ behavior changed towards menstruation. After the sensitization, they were no longer laughing at girls. They helped with sweaters and jackets in case of an accident and when they see a girl with a stained dress they ask other girls to help or inform a female teacher.
School attendance during menstruation was also improved. Missing school in the past 3 months because of menstruation periods: 95% of the female pupils who were interviewed noted that they were no longer missing school because of periods.
With these results, we believe that this project could contribute to the improvement of educational environment among school girls. We will try to continue and expand this project. We really appreciate your endless support and cooperation!
GBN hopes for happiness to you all and as well wish you a great 2018!!
Thank you very much.
*This project is supported by Lush Japan Co., Ltd.
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