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Campaign to improve menstrual hygiene in schools kicks off

By Moses Kidandi
The Government has warned parents against neglecting the urgent call to get involved in menstrual hygiene of their children.

This has contributed to poor performance in schools as most girls feel uncomfortable during menstruation because of ignorance on how to take care of themselves.

To address this challenge,Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and
Sports and partners have launched a Country wide initiative dubbed “Keep A Girl in School” aimed at improving Menstrual Health Management among primary, secondary school going adolescent girls and young women.

Speaking on at the National launch of the campaign at Mackay Memorial College – Nateete, one of the Menstrual Health Management model schools in Rubaga division, Kampala state minister for primary Education Rose Seninde urges all parents and adults to always take it upon them selves to sensitize young girls about a menstrual cycle being a Natural cause which shouldn’t worry them

The initiative was launched under the theme; Empowered Girls, Empowered Mothers, Empowered Communities.

It was championed by the Uganda Red Cross, goodwill ambassadors, who are Volunteers and friends of the Uganda Red Cross.
At the National launch,eighty five million shillings was raised in cash and in kind to support the initiative of buying and distributing sanitary pads to girls in schools.