THE HEALTHY PERIODS INITIATIVE (HPI)

To address the issue of menstrual health, and the challenges women face with regards to access, hygiene, and stigma,  We launched the Healthy Periods Initiative to provide information, access, and opportunities with regards to menstrual health. In addition, We are offering social enterprise opportunities, creating viable business for young girls who are producing the Lucky Girl  Sanitary Pad product. Which is driving economic and socio-cultural changes and supporting girls to concentrate on their education. 

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When a girl faces obstacles in managing her menses in a healthy way, she is at risk for infection, her self-esteem and self-confidence suffer, she may remain absent from school during her period, or worse still, drop out of school altogether upon reaching puberty. Over time, these negative effects add up, preventing a young girl from achieving her full potential and having a healthy, productive life. It’s about justice.

 

The Healthy Periods Initiative drives economic and socio-cultural change through enterprise and education. From a grassroots level, we inform, educate and provide resources to assist in the development of successful social enterprises that provide safe and sanitary resources for all women in their communities. 

The HPI Initiative  will lead to:

  • Increased education regarding menstrual health,

  • Increased health and hygiene,

  • Increased dignity and self-esteem,

  • Increased livelihoods thru production,

  • Decreased costs associated with sanitary products,

  • Increased school and work attendance

OUR STRATEGY

To create a local supply chain that can produce and deliver affordable sanitary pads to the most vulnerable populations: schoolgirls, refugees, displaced persons, and those who lack access to safe and affordable sanitary pads.

We are responding to the crisis of S.Sudanese refugee in Northern Uganda, 70% of mothers in Bolore and Pagirinya refugee settlements think periods are dirty and 66% of girls and women manage periods without toilets. Handling periods in a refugee settlement is hugely complex, influenced by differences in sociocultural norms, with barely any education to young girls on how to experience their periods, what they can do while menstruating, what they can use to absorb menstrual blood, and how they dispose of the material, whether and from whom they can seek information.

SANITARY PADS DISTRIBUTION FOR REFUGEES

We are supplying free Lucky Girl Sanitary Pads to young girls and women in Bolore and Pagirinya refugee settlements. These 2 settlements host 36,000 people of which 72% are young girls, women and children between 9 to 18 years. We provide 600 packs monthly in 2 Refugee settlements in Ajduman District.

WE ARE EXPANDING LOVE AND DIGNITY TOGETHER

The reality for women and girls in rural villages of  Uganda with low income and vulnerable find it hard to access affordable sanitary products. Help us change this reality. We are expanding the Healthy Periods Initiative, creating local manufacturing centers. Our goal is to have 5 production units in five operating in Uganda.

 

Our first expansion center is now open in the Lwengo District in southwestern Uganda. By producing products locally, we create local economies; providing resources and economic opportunities to women and communities through manufacturing and microenterprise.

 

A local supply chain provides sanitary products to the most vulnerable populations at little to no cost: schoolgirls, refugees, displaced persons, and those who lack access to affordable products. HPI Global ensures women and girls have what they need to manage their menstrual health with dignity, enabling girls to stay in school longer, creating opportunities and empowerment for a more equitable future.

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Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights

Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is a central part of our Healthy periods Initiative. Girls need to know the correct information about their bodies and their rights so they can make informed decisions and speak up in cases of sexual violence. Creating a safe space to talk about this possibly awkward or uncomfortable topic allows the girls to ask sensitive questions and for our medical doctor. Dr. Joania provides sessions to dispel any commonly held myths and provide factual information.

Contact US:

Office:+256392914218

Mob: +256752328735

Email: info@vacnetwork.org

Website: www.vacnetwork.org

Find US:

Plot 22, Pece School Road, P.O.Box 1341 Gulu, Uganda.

© 2020

Volunteer Action Network

Non Profit Registered in Uganda

Reg#INDR56511592NB 

File #MIA/NB/2005/04/1592

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