Umodzi Youth Organisation (UYO) has trained Mother Groups on sewing reusable sanitary pads at Likulu Primary School in Blantyre in order to reduce challenges girls face during their menstrual periods.
Menstrual hygiene management is one of the problems girls face at school, hence the initiative to make sure that girls report for school during their menstrual periods.
Programs Director for UYO Gloria Sabudu said they noticed that girls were performing poorly while some were dropping out of school due to the challenge of lack of sanitary pads.
“We have trained 10 mother group members and officially handed over 4 sewing machines and sanitary pads sewing materials to the school, so that they will continue to be producing the pads” Sabudu said.
On his part, Head teacher for Likulu school Alex Mafaiti commended UYO for the donation, saying that challenges girls were facing have been easied.
UYO partnered with a United Kingdom based institution Think Malawi for the provision of resources as sewing machines and sewing materials for the production of sanitary pads to be freely distributed to girls at menstruating age.