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Menstrual Health Symposium 2021
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Menstrual Health Symposium 2021

Around 5000 participants from Africa and worldwide are expected to gather to track progress on menstrual health on the continent since the first Call to Action was made at the African Menstrual Health Symposium in Johannesburg in 2018. A follow-up event, the African Coalition Symposium on Menstrual Health, will be held virtually from 25 to 27...

Periods do not stop for pandemics
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Periods do not stop for pandemics

EENHANA, Namibia –  “I wish the distribution of free pads could be given more attention, like the distribution of free condoms,” says Cathy Mabuku, an 18-year-old girl from Eenhana, a town in northern Namibia’s Ohangwena Region. Mabuku is one of the beneficiaries who received free menstrual pads distributed by the African Youth and Adolescent Network...

Youth helping youth during the pandemic
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Youth helping youth during the pandemic

Juba, South Sudan – The restrictions in movement and closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively affected young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services, raising fears that this could lead to a rise in teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections among young people. Shabab Le Shabab Health Alliance, a network...

Managing menstruation amid a cyclone and a pandemic
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Managing menstruation amid a cyclone and a pandemic

Adapted from stories provided by Plan International The Buzi district was one of the areas most affected by Cyclone Idai in Sofala Province, Mozambique, in 2019. More than a year later, many of those who lost their homes due to intense flooding face water shortages, affecting water capacity of a girl and woman to take...

Safeguarding the menstrual health of adolescent girls affected by the rising waters of Kenya’s rift valley lakes
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Safeguarding the menstrual health of adolescent girls affected by the rising waters of Kenya’s rift valley lakes

In 2020 more than 1,000 homesteads located around Lakes Baringo and Bogoria in Baringo County were affected by flooding caused by high water levels. This resulted in the displacement of families, as well as school and hospital closures. Mounting a flood response proved to be particularly challenging as the country was also grappling with the...

Menstruation and human rights – Frequently asked questions
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Menstruation and human rights – Frequently asked questions

How is menstruation related to human rights? When does menstruation start? What are common myths and taboos about menstruation? What is period poverty? These and many more questions are answered in this detailed question-and-answer piece on menstrual health.  What is menstruation? What is the menstrual cycle? Menstruation is the process in which the uterus sheds blood...

How girls in informal settlements are coping with menstrual health during South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown
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How girls in informal settlements are coping with menstrual health during South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown

CAPE TOWN, South Africa—When environmentalist Xoli Fuyani saw a need for girl-focused support at schools on the Cape Flats in Cape Town and launched the Girls Club ten years ago, she did not realize this would lead her to a particularly meaningful and touching relationship with girls during today’s COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa. Through Earthchild...

Symposium to take stock of progress on menstrual health in Africa
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Symposium to take stock of progress on menstrual health in Africa

Around 5000 participants from Africa and worldwide are expected to gather to track progress on menstrual health on the continent since the first Call to Action was made at the African Menstrual Health Symposium in Johannesburg in 2018. A follow-up event, the African Coalition Symposium on Menstrual Health, will be held virtually from 25 to 27...

Innovative Smart Bag redefines menstruation management for refugee girls in Uganda
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Innovative Smart Bag redefines menstruation management for refugee girls in Uganda

KYAKA II REFUGEE SETTLEMENT/KAMPALA, Uganda—In Uganda, menstruation management presents a daunting challenge for so many adolescent girls and women. The inability to adequately manage their periods means they often choose to forego school and stay at home for several days each month, according to a study on menstrual health management in Uganda by the International...