This resource was put together for use predominantly in rural Ugandan communities (where the customs outlined in the manual are most present) but can be adapted to suit other contexts, should the relevant cultural information be known.
At Teams4U we have always been passionate about community-led interventions and learning from the voices of change and activism in the countries in which we work.
Dr. Ephraim Kisangala
Ephraim is a public health specialist with a medical background and experience in SRHR, community/rural health and infectious diseases. His work in menstrual health started in 2014 when he organised the 1st World Menstrual Hygiene Day in Western Uganda.
Since then, he has served in committees, contributed to international documents. Also, his work on menstruation was recognised by HRH Meghan Markle in 2019. He is a Women Deliver Young Leader and a recipient of several awards including the Johnson and Johnson Global Voices Youth Award.
Ms. Charlotte Akello
Charlotte is a multi-talented award-winning poet and writer with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. She is passionate about community health. She volunteers with Nyalojjie Integrated Foundation (NIF) as a project lead in community health education programs. She is a final year medical student at Makerere University in Uganda. Her poem “Broken Dreams” about menstruation is included as an appendix in the manual.
This material was particularly designed to support local community efforts looking to structure their teaching on menstrual health on the foundations of universally agreed principles, e.g., dignity, privacy, awareness, and that menstruation is normal. It has also been created as a resource point to open discussion on any existing cultural barriers that may keep women socially excluded from education/community activities whilst on their period.
Our sincere thanks to the Wales and Africa Grant Scheme who funded the creation of this resource and to Olivia Krawczyk who designed the artwork.