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Menstrual Hygiene


According to UNESCO, 1 in 10 girls in Sub-Saharan Africa miss school during their menstrual cycle. This could equal 20% of the total schooling they receive in a year.  Some girls miss school due to lack of sanitary pads, some for lack of facilities to manage their periods hygienically and privately. They may have fear of staining, or not have places to dispose of their menstrual materials. 

Our menstrual hygiene projects include helping build female friendly WASH facilities to change, dispose, wash and dry menstrual materials and to clean themselves up, plus sustainable and reusable period underwear to replace pads, greatly reducing waste.  We will provide either the material and the patterns for women and girls to make their own period underwear, or we provide the school girls already made period underwear. 


At Global Outreach, the latrines are separated for different classes, not for the different sexes. 

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Adding a female cabine, where girls can wash up in private with access to water in the cabine can help keep girls in school during their periods. 


Materials for making period underwear.

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