Menstrual Health Project in SouthEast Uganda

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Swedish Organization for Global Health (SOGH) is a Swedish nonprofit organization comprising of students and young professionals who share the passion for global health activism. We want to see a world free of health inequities, so we work to improve quality and accessibility of health care in low-income settings. We work mainly in SouthEast Uganda where we collaborate with Uganda Development and Health Associates (UDHA), which supports and empowers local communities to achieve better health for all. This year, this long collaboration brought us to work on developing a new project.

Menstruations are fixed calendar appointments, each month, for all the women in reproductive age. Even if they are part of the natural cycle of life, periods remain an unspoken topic which is characterized by taboos and painful silence.
Menstrual Health is therefore a social issue that has to be addressed and faced openly to improve women's and girls' lives all around the world. The struggles become even more evident in rural areas, such the district of Muyage in Uganda, where women face many cultural and physical obstacles during their periods. SOGH in collaboration with UDHA, after talking with local women and girls, decided to make menstrual health a priority of their agendas. 

The idea is to develop a project at the community level that will involve both women and men. The project will focus on menstrual health education, men involvement and finding the best way for women to get the sanitary products they need. The aim is to create a project with and within the communities that is both economically and environmentally sustainable. However, in order to have a well structured and winning project, we first need to collect data through questionnaires. A group of women and men from villages in Muyage district will be selected to answer the questionnaires and those data will be used to create the final project. 

At the moment SOGH and UDHA do not have fundings for this specific project, not even to run the questionnaires on the field. Therefore, we decided to ask you to help us out. The funds we will collect will be used to run the data collection explained above. More specifically, we need to buy a tablet, where the questionnaires will be completed, and pay for gasoline and driver to reach the different villages.

Why those data are so important? Why do not just run a project?
First of all because without good data we cannot build a long-lasting project that addresses the real needs of the communities. Second because to get fundings to start the project we need to show what is happening in the area and why our project is needed. We believe in the power of data! Just with strong foundation you can build long-lasting structures that benefit many. Help us to get started, help us to make a real difference in women's and girls' lives!!!!

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