At least 500 Karimajong school going girls from 20 selected schools have benefited from Afripads campaign to improve on menstrual hygiene in the Karamoja subregion.
These included pupils at Primary abd Secondary school levels, they received donations of free reusable sanitary towels, soap and pair of knickers from Afripads part of the campaign to enable teenage girls manage menstration properly.
Twenty schools both primary and secondary schools in the region were selected to benefit from this campaign and Army primary school in Moroto district was among the beneficiaries.
The school’s senior woman teacher Christine Adongo said menstrual management has been a big challenge for many girls in the area when their menstruation cycle approaches.
“Many girls sometimes even run away from school, others just remain sleeping in their dormitories fearing to attend classes whenever they are in their periods because of lack of sanitary pads,” she said.
Peter Igulot, the school head teacher described the distribution of sanitary pads to girls as a relief saying many girls were skipping classes due to difficulty in managing menstruation challenges.
According to him, the situation is made worse in Karamoja where parents don’t value girl-child education.
Afripads National Marketing and Communications officer Getrude Adeker Emojong, told this website that 500 both primary and secondary girls in 20 selected schools in Karamoja region had received the sanitary items.
She said the schools were selected based on the beneficiaries’ background.
“We selected 20 schools in Karamoja given the fact that many girls in sub-region are dropping out of school as a result of lack of sanitary items,” she said.
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