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WoMena Newsletter 
 November 2019
Dear WoMena supporter and follower
 
We hope you're having a good 2019! This year has so far been the busiest in WoMena history. Wth new and ongoing projects we work hard towards bringing dignity and freedom to girls and women on their period.

We are proud to share with you that in November, WoMena will be awarded the POWER, TOGETHER Award at the Women Leaders Global Forum (WLGF).
WoMena was nominated alongside other international organisations contributing to the fight against period poverty, and we are happy and proud to receive this award.

Read on to learn more about the progress of a some of WoMena's different projects.

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Menstrual Health Management for Schools - Buikwe District

Our project in Buikwe District continues. After succesful interventions in four schools last year, we are now working in 32 schools supported by the Icelandic Embassy in Kampala in collaboration with the district, under the Icelandic Development Agency (ICEIDA).

In June and July, the WoMena team held meetings with 1657 parents. 974 leaflets on information related to the programs were distributed.

From 29 July to 16 August, the WoMena team conducted trainings: 1714 female students and 1125 male students were trained. The content included puberty, understanding the body, pain management, usage of menstrual cups and usage of AFRIpads.

Each student also received a booklet of "My period" to have a knowledge recap and track their menstrual cycle by using the menstrual calendar. This month, we shall distribute a deluxe kit of AFRIpads and a menstrual cup to every student that attended the training.


All the above interventions are fully integrated into the district management structure to ensure sustainability and local political support for MHM interventions in the district.

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Reden/The Nest International
WoMena is collaborating with The Nest International on a pilot project, assessing the acceptability of menstrual cups as a menstrual health management method among foreign female sex workers in Copenhagen who may be victims of human trafficking.

The project is funded by Soroptimists Denmark and cups are donated by OrganiCup.
Since it began in 2018, 20 women have been provided with knowledge about menstrual health and introduced to the menstrual cup as a safe menstrual product by volunteers from WoMena. Initial follow-up calls with the women have indicated that there is a good uptake, as most of the women indicate that they are still using the cup 5 months after receiving it. 

The aim is to build interest to test the menstrual cup among 25 women. The women’s acceptability of the menstrual cup will be evaluated in late 2019 and the lessons learned and recommendations from the pilot project will decide whether the project should be scaled up. 

 
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Save the Children
WoMena in partnership with Save the Children International alongside Norad and CleanCup carried out a pilot on the use of menstrual cups in Awatch and Pagik Primary Schools in Gulu District in Northern Uganda. Gulu was one of the first districts WoMena worked in in 2013 where we did a qualitative study on acceptance of menstrual cups for schoolgirls.

The current project aims to improve the menstrual health management knowledge of the school girls, teachers, relatives, local health personnel and community members while also providing a sustainable and safe menstrual health management method; as well as building capacity in Save the Children International to conduct MHM interventions.  

In July, the WoMena team conducted a training of trainers in Gulu with both male and female teachers from the schools as well as local health care workers. This training covered key topics like the menstrual cycle, puberty, and period tracking. It also provided participants with training on the use of the menstrual cup, equipping them with both the skills to conduct their own trainings and their own menstrual cups to try for personal use.
WoMena has received engaging and enthusiastic feedback from the trained trainers. Next month, the trained teachers – with the assistance of WoMena – will be conducting a training to the school girls and their relatives, and these beneficiaries will receive their own menstrual cup to try out for a 6-month trial period, supported by the trained trainers and WoMena follow-up visits.
 
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Family Health Options Kenya

WoMena Uganda and Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK), Kenya's largest NGO reproductive health service provider, are working together on a menstrual health management pilot with a focus on building the capacity of FHOK and engaging youths in Homa Bay. We have been conducting capacity building training since December 2018 with 19 selected FHOK staff in Homa Bay. They have all received MHM materials and menstrual cups. 
 

The project is funded by the Danish Family Planning Association. This pilot aims to create the capacity and mechanisms to sustainably provide quality menstrual health and menstrual cup programming through FHOK.
 

In May, we conducted a two-day menstrual health training and use of the menstrual cup in Homa Bay in Kenya. The training participants were 29 Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) youth advocates from Homa Bay county and the trainers included FHOK-trained staff and WoMena staff. In September, an additional 20 girls received the MH training and a menstrual cup.
 

Participants have also had the opportunity to practice the menstrual cup curriculum at FHOK's youth centres, among others, Makongeni, Homa Bay. Many youths are trying out their new cups and have already spread the word about the menstrual cup in their communities. WoMena and FHOK are very proud of the newly trained Menstrual Cup Champions!
 

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CARE International

Based on the success of our pilot project in Imvepi Refugee Settlement with South Sudanese refugee populations, WoMena and CARE International with funding from ECHO is implementing a project in Kyangwali and Kyaka II Refugee Settlements in the districts of Kikuube and Kyegegwa districts respectively. The project involves; CARE International, Save the Children International (SCI), International Rescue Committee (IRC), WoMena Uganda, Kabarole Research and Resource Center (KRC) and Uganda Law Society (ULS).

WoMena’s role is to provide menstrual health education, sexual reproductive Health Rights and distribute menstrual products to 950 participants.

Besides educating the participants and capacity building for CARE Interantional staff, one of the objectives of the project is to engage the communities. This entails engaging males in discussions on menstruation, address related stigma and taboos, tap into existing support structures and create open spaces for talking positively about menstruation and reproductive health issues. It is also a goal to make future scale-up possible.
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