2014 DanChurchAid menstrual cup intervention design in Katakiwi, Uganda

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Katakwi DanChurchAid menstrual cup intervention design in Katakiwi, Uganda 

The main objectives of the project are the following:

1) Design a menstrual cup intervention package for integrating with existing DCA programmes

2) Train senior women teachers in cup use and provide them with exentisive training materials and

3) Provide 150 menstrual cups for school girls in Teso, Uganda

Target groups/beneficiaries:

Primary target group: School girls
Secondary target group: Senior women teachers

General description:

In 2014, DanChurchAid (DCA) raised funds through their ‘Give a menstrual cup’ campaign for a pilot menstrual cup intervention. The menstrual cup intervention became part of DCA’s HIV/AIDS programme in Katakwi, Uganda. WoMena designed the intervention so it would fit the local context in Katakwi and larger DCA intervention programmes. In April 2014, WoMena trained senior women teachers in the area, so they could train the first 60 school girls receiving a menstrual cup on the menstrual cycle and cup use. In June 2014 school girls recieved a menstrual cup and training, supported by DCA’s local implementing partners, Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO). Follow up monitoring indicated a succesful intervention with high uptake and acceptability, and the program was therefore scaled up to an additional 80 girls in March 2015 and an additional 260 girls in October 2015, making it a total of 400 girls in Katakwi recieving a cup.

During a follow-up visit and refresher training in November 2015 teachers attributed a higher percentage of girls staying in school to the menstrual cup. Although more girls stayed in school, many parents still did not understand the need for girl education and as a result took their girls out of school. The WoMena team discussed with the teachers new strategies for convincing the parents to keep their daughters in school and is revising our approach for reaching out to parents with strategic partner Menstrual Cup Uganda to better address this issue in future interventions. The follow-up visit further revealed new advantages of the menstrual cup, such as the cup being effective in containing smell – and teachers had improved their relationships with the girls parents.

Collaboration partners:

1. DanChurchAid (DCA)

2. Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO)