World Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Day is celebrated on 28th May every year. Although it serves as a reminder that many girls are still left behind due to their  menstruation, it also works to create a global advocacy platform that brings together the voices and actions of CSOs, government agencies, individuals, the private sector and the media to promote safe and dignified MHM for all women and girls. This day also offers an opportunity to actively advocate for the integration of MHM into global, national and local policies and programs in order to reach every girl; including those in vulnerable and hard to reach settings.

The measures taken by governments to curb down on the spread of COVID-19 such as restrictions of work, movement and education, have made it difficult for people to continue with their income generating activities and has widened the poverty gap. Access to basic menstrual products is already a challenge for many girls and women, and yet has not been properly addressed in the midst of the COVID-19 country response. The pandemic has highlighted the uniquely gendered challenges women and girls have been facing, and made MHM more urgent than ever. Ensuring that women and girls are able to address and manage their menstruation in a safe and hygienic manner is of utmost importance, both for enabling access to opportunity for women and girls, and as a matter of essential hygiene. However, there are still many issues to be tackled such as; the prevailing lack of awareness, persistent taboos on the topic, social-cultural beliefs and traditional hygiene practices, inaccessibility of menstrual products and poor infrastructure.

In light of the world MHM day, Uganda Youth and Adolescent Health Forum started a fundraising campaign under the  tag  #MensturationwithDignity. This campaign aims to raise awareness, gives a platform for everyone to contribute what they can, and ultimately aims to acquire menstruation and hygiene management products such as knickers, soap, water tanks and sanitary pads. This is to ensure that all women and girls are able to menstruate with dignity and are not left behind. The fundraising campaign will run up to the end of June and items collected will be donated to refugee girls in Kyakka II refugee settlement, Kyegegwa district in Uganda.

To donate to the campaign: Please send mobile money to (256) 0704 868 198 or (256) 0783 244 306 all registered under the names of Nakato Joyce.