Empowering Women and Girls in Malawi on Global Menstrual Hygiene Day (5/28)
Using Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (W.A.S.H.) principles and focusing on community education, training and action, the Fulbright Association is partnering with Grace Pads for the second year in a row on Menstrual Hygiene Day in Malawi. By providing reusable Menstrual Hygiene Kits we positively impact girls’ participation and school attendance rates, by reducing absenteeism during menstruation.
The Fulbright Association’s Malawi Service Corps Project has raised funds to offer and dispense more than 400 hygiene kits and fund the Grace Pads Facilitators/Trainers and as we build upon the effort we launched on May 28, 2018 as part of the Global Menstrual Hygiene Day. We aim to jump-start the use of reusable hygiene kits by “priming the pump” and establishing the practice of comfortably staying in school during menstruation. Preliminary research supports the notion that one can increase graduation rates of Girls from 40% to 75% in some cases (2013 UNICEF Case Study on Burkina Faso and Niger and Grace Pads in Malawi) . In many areas of Malawi, the graduation rate from High School (Secondary School) is only between 15%-20% and most don’t have the opportunity to even go from Primary to Secondary school. Our goal is to help change that in 4 schools we are working with in the Districts of Zomba and Phalombe.
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