Happy Return to School Sisters After COVID-19 Lockdown

It is pleasure for us and our girls to be back in class after a four-month school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic that hit Somalia.

We know that life during the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for girls and that return to school is an important and hopefully welcome step for them to feel protected in school than in outside.

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Training for 50 adolescent girls from IDPs on how to make their own washable, reusable sanitary pads using commonly-found materials held in Bosaso

Gender inequality, cultural taboos, poverty and lack of basic services undermine many girls’ and women’s ability to meet their health and hygiene needs in Somalia. Menstruation is associated with stigma and girls feel embarrassed, often excluding themselves from school and other social activities including generating vital income to support themselves or contribute to their community. Sanitary pads are expensive and often inaccessible and some girls resort to managing their periods with pieces of rags or paper which are often unhygienic and uncomfortable causing chafing, urinary tract infections, reproductive tract infections, and other reproductive health problems, including fatal toxic shock syndrome and infertility.

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Help Your Sister With Sanitary Pad

The closure of stores and public transport, rising costs and increasing economic uncertainty due to COVID-19 measures are all putting menstrual hygiene supplies out of reach for those in poverty in Somalia. Sanitary pads are expensive and often inaccessible and some girls resort to managing their periods with pieces of rags or paper which are often unhygienic and uncomfortable causing chafing, urinary tract infections, reproductive tract infections, and other reproductive health problems.

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