Menstrual cups Interventions follow up study in Kitgum, Gulu and Katakwi, Uganda

Kitgum, Gulu and Katakwi (Uganda) MC Interventions follow up study
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Menstrual cups Interventions follow up study Kitgum, Gulu and Katakwi (Uganda)

Overall goal: To produce information on acceptability and impact of long-term use of MCs in Uganda, particularly the three intervention sites (Kitgum, Gulu and Katakwi).

The main objectives of the study are the following:

1. To explore long-term acceptability, experiences and perceived impact of using MCs among MC (girls/women) in the three intervention sites.

2. To explore family and community acceptability and perceptions of girls’/women’s use of MCs, as well as their perceptions of impact at the personal and family/community levels.

3. To identify barriers and enablers to continued use of MCs as an MHM method in Uganda”

Target groups/beneficiaries:

Primary: Girls and Women who have previously participated in one of three WoMena supported menstrual cup interventions

Secondary: Selected family members of the girls and women and community leaders and members, including school teachers from the three intervention sites (Kitgum, Gulu and Katakwi, Uganda)

General description:

In Sub-Saharan Africa, many women and girls do not have access to appropriate menstrual hygiene management (MHM) methods. Menstrual cups (MCs) may be a possible way to improve MHM. But there is limited evidence regarding long-term experiences of using MCs in low-income settings such as Uganda. This study will employ a mixed methods approach, including interviews, focus group discussions, questionnaires and MHM facility assessments to follow-up on the experiences of using MCs of participants from three previous WoMena supported MC interventions carried out in Kitgum (2012), Gulu (2013) and Katakwi (2014), Uganda. Additionally the study aims to explore both family and community level factors that may impact the continued use of MCs.

Up to 220 women and girls who took part in previous interventions will be recruited to take part in a quantitative questionnaire. 15 girls and women will be interviewed and up to 9 focus groups discussions with female and male relatives, school teachers and community leaders will be held.

Results from the study will provide evidence on the long-term acceptability and impact of MCs to improving MHM. By exploring both social and structural barriers and factors which promote and support the use and acceptability of MCs, this study also hopes to contribute to strengthening future interventions.

Collaboration partners:

1. Department of Gender and Women Studies, Institute of Interdisciplinary Training & Research (IITR), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mbarara, Uganda

2. Global Health Unit (GHU), Rigshospitalet (RH), Copenhagen, Denmark