Menstrual Cups (MCs) have been introduced as a sustainable Menstrual Health Management (MHM) option with success in several African countries, including Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. To capture lessons learned and to share research updates about MHM WoMena organised a meeting in Kampala, Uganda together with Medical Research Council, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Uganda Virus Research Institute and Mbarara University of Science and Technology. The purpose of the meeting was also share experiences about the implementation of menstrual cups as an innovative MHM solution in East Africa.
The meeting served as an important platform to showcase and promote the sharing of existing evidence and work in Uganda to improve MHM collectively in East Africa. The participants presented many questions for stakeholders working in and supporting MHM in Uganda and some of these will be answered in the FAQ series on WoMena’s webpage.
Many policymakers were also present including representatives from the Ugandan Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education and Sports.
The meeting identified the next steps for menstrual cup research and implementation in Uganda and we will soon publish a meeting report with a clear roadmap for a way forward.