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Partnerships

Our work is made possible by collaboration with our wonderful institutional partners across the world.

Uganda Red Cross Society · Ruby Cup ·  DanChurchAid · Mbarara University of Science and Technology · Rigshospitalet’s Global Health Unit · The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition · Women’s Global Health Innovations · Afripads ·  Social Innovation Academy/SINA  ·  Menstrual Cup Uganda (MCU)  ·  Teamscope · Menstrual Health Hub (MH Hub)

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We have recently completed a menstrual cup pilot study in Kitgum and will be starting another study in Gulu, both in northern Uganda. These pilot studies are developed by us and conducted in collaboration with the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS). The first study is focused on vulnerable young women and is designed to fit into the Life Planning Skills (LPS) project implemented by URCS with support from Danish Red Cross Youth (DRCY). The second study will be focusing on school girls supported by URCS.

Both studies have been/will be carried out in close collaboration and support from URCS volunteers and staff. URCS operates in many parts of Uganda and we are currently exploring with them how to scale up the use of menstrual cups through the URCS implementation framework and making the cups available to more Ugandan women. 

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We are currently supporting DanChurchAid in introducing menstrual cups in their programmes in Uganda (with plans for expansion to other countries). Established in 1922, DanChurchAid (DCA) is today a major Danish humanitarian and development Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working in more than 30 countries, in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central America and the Middle East and Asia. DCA’s vision is a world without hunger, poverty and oppression, in which popular and political powers constantly work strongly and actively for a just distribution and use of the earth’s resources.

DCA’s mission is to help and be advocates of oppressed, neglected and marginalized groups in poor countries and to strengthen their possibilities of a life in dignity. In Uganda DCA’s main thematic focus is on Active Citizenship, Food Security, HIV/Aids and Humanitarian Response.

 

The Rigshospital (RH) in Copenhagen is the largest hospital in Denmark and is used for teaching and research. The RH Global Health Unit (GHU) aims to map and coordinate multidisciplinary international health at the hospital and consists of medical technical experts with expertise within global health research. An advisory group within the GHU provides quality control and strategic inputs for medical aspects of WoMena studies.

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Ruby Cup is a social business selling their menstrual cup brand, Ruby Cup, designed based on field work in Nairobi. Ruby Cup has an easy to grab stem, a large capacity, and is made of high quality 100% medical grade silicone. Ruby Cup donates menstrual cups for WoMena’s studies in Uganda and for MC interventions supported by WoMena.

10599575_666374593457984_1129624567993651752_nMenstrual Cup Uganda (MCU) is a Swedish non-profit organization established in 2013. In Uganda, it provides training on sexual reproductive health, menstrual hygiene management, and menstrual cups, as well as distributes them for free to girls and women in low-income settings. WoMena and MCU collaborate in several areas. Together with Reproductive Health Uganda which is the leading NGO in Uganda working in the area of sexual reproductive health, they prepare trainers on sexual reproductive health, menstrual health and hygiene issues, and menstrual cup, as well as provide trainings to the beneficiaries of menstrual cups in interventions and research projects. WoMena and MCU aim at developing a joined comprehensive training material which also extensively discuss puberty and adolescence and other topics which need more attention.

Mbarara

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) is a public university in Uganda. It has won acclaimed national and international recognition for best practices in outreach and community relations. The Institute of Interdisciplinary Training & Research (IITR) is domiciled within MUST and includes the Department of Gender Studies – the department has both health and social scientists and coordinates a number of relevant health/social programs including reproductive health outreach education. WoMena and the MUST Dept of Gender and Women Studies have started collaborating in 2015 on design and analysis of quantitative/qualitative research, as well as matching Danish with Ugandan research students.

cropped-Social-Innovation-Academy-Sina-320x107“Ask Without Shame” created by a scholar at the NGO Social Innovation Academy/SINA provides a platform, running on USSD and android for teens and young adults to get accurate and potentially life saving information about sex education in an anonymous and judgement free environment. The user can ask questions for free via the app’s FAQs, whatsapp, sms and calls to SINA’s medical staff. WoMena is partnering with SINA in providing menstrual health and menstrual cup user information through Ask Without Shame to allow menstrual cup users an additional way to ask their questions.

Afripads

AFRIpads Ltd is a social business in Uganda that specializes in the local manufacture of reusable sanitary pads. AFRIpads are providing inputs and feedback to WoMena’s Menstrual Hygiene Management and Menstrual Cup Communication Intervention with Radio Wa in Lira to educate Radio Wa followers on menstrual hygiene management, including on different menstrual hygiene methods and how to safely and effectively use them. AFRIpads has furthermore provided reusable sanitary pad samples for demonstration.

Menstrual Health Hub (MH Hub)image-2016-11-02-at-15-27_1 is an organization with the mission to catalyze collective impact towards the improvement of menstrual health worldwide through centralizing research, best practices, and expertise from academia, government, aid organizations and the private industry. WoMena is providing breaking news on research and policy related to menstrual health for the Hub and its users.

 

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The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition is a global partnership of public, private, and non-governmental organizations dedicated to ensuring that all people in low- and middle-income countries can access and use affordable, high-quality supplies to ensure their better reproductive health. The Coalition brings together diverse agencies and groups with critical roles in providing contraceptives and other reproductive health supplies. These include multilateral and bilateral organizations, private foundations, governments, civil society, and private-sector representatives.

WoMena is a member of the Coalition under the Neglected and Underutilised Reproductive Health Technology (NURTH) Caucasus as well as a participant of the Youth Discussion Group to share our expertise on menstrual health, particularly our  research and intervention/training packages on menstrual cups


TEAMSCOPETeamscope is a mobile application that allows NGO practitioners, researchers and clinicians to collect, store and share their data on the go, securely and efficiently. It works offline making it well suited for some of the more remote locations WoMena works in and allows data sharing across the whole team. WoMena and Teamscope are working together to utilise the technology available to make the monitoring and evaluation activities of our partners more efficient and actionable. We are modifying our M&E tools to work on mobile devices with the aim of integrating these new tools into a pilot project. 

wghilogoWomen’s Global Health Innovations is a Canadian company with the vision to develop innovative medical and healthcare products to enhance the quality of women’s lives especially for the most vulnerable women in low and middle income countries.

Previous Partnerships

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Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) is a volunteer-led non-profit organization working on sexual reproductive health rights, advocacy and policy development, providing health services and focusing on family planning, HIV/AIDS and similar problems in Uganda since 1957. RHU is a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), a leading International NGO with a membership of 152 Associations in 182 countries. As a member of IPPF, to its strategic framework RHU includes “5A”: Adolescents, AIDS, Abortion, Access and Advocacy. The main target groups of the organization are young, vulnerable, and marginalized people, especially, on hard-to-reach locations. RHU has 17 branches in the country.

In Uganda, RHU is WoMena’s host organization. Together with RHU, WoMena prepares volunteers and trainers on reproductive health, menstrual hygiene management and the menstrual cup. Currently, WoMena and RHU collaborate on the preparation of the training material and curriculum on sexual reproductive health and menstrual hygiene management. In various WoMena’s projects, RHU provides structural support or co-facilitates.

StraightTalk

Straight Talk Foundation is an indigenous communication for development not for profit organization with invaluable experience in the design and management of health and development communications programs.

We are currently working on a Menstrual Hygiene Management and Menstrual Cup Communication project, where information about experiences of menstruation, how to manage menstruation, the available solutions, the male perspective and how to use the menstrual cup is broadcasted through Radio Wa in Lira in close collaboration with Straight Talk Foundation.

Straight Talk Foundation has contributed with their expertise in the design and management of health and development communication programmes. Selected staff from Straight Talk Foundation has received training on the use of menstrual cups, and we are currently considering how we can work together on bridging the gap between innovation and implementation for the benefit of young Ugandan women.

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We are in the final stages of formalizing a partnership with Gulu University on the 2013 menstrual cup school study in Gulu, Uganda. Research assistants from Gulu University are currently being recruited to work with the Danish Public Health interns on this study. We are very excited about this partnership and look forward to learning on both sides.  

 

Ecopads

Ecopads helps to empower a new generation of young females by providing access to reusable sanitary pads, offering reproductive health education, and strengthening the local support networks. Ecopads are providing inputs and feedback to WoMena’s Menstrual Hygiene Management and Menstrual Cup Communication Intervention with Radio Wa in Lira to educate Radio Wa followers on menstrual hygiene management, including on different menstrual hygiene methods and how to safely and effectively use them. Ecopads has furthermore provided reusable sanitary pad samples for demonstration.

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