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A message from our Acting Executive Director, Thao Ngoc Do

Dear friends and supporters,

We at WoMena hope you are well and keeping safe during these uncertain times.

The current situation in Uganda seems uncertain and challenging, but our small and passionate team does not want to stop working on promoting effective reproductive health solutions here and internationally.

We are following advice from the Ugandan Government and WHO and will continue to monitor the situation, taking our responsibilities to respond to the coronavirus pandemic very seriously. From this week on, we are all working from home, temporarily suspending our activities in schools. While we are currently unable to access refugee settlements, we are liaising with other international bodies to best support the refugee population during this sensitive time.

This won’t come as a surprise – even under lockdown, women, girls and transgender people continue to menstruate. What you might not have realised – the pandemic will only make the conditions for those one their period in low-income settings more difficult. As the world goes into a lockdown, experts foresee higher rates of domestic violence and low to zero access to reproductive health solutions for millions of women and girls.

We are not giving up on them.