Over 400 girls living in Tudor informal settlement within Mvita Constituency have benefited from free sanitary towels donated by ‘Usaidi Women and Girl-child society’.
The initiative targets young girls from poor backgrounds living in informal settlements and is aimed at improving teenage girl’s menstrual hygiene and to cushion them from the effects of Covid-19 scourge.
The group founder Peninah Kimeru Mwakio said the programme was started after the Coronavirus pandemic to provide menstrual hygiene care to less fortunate young girls living in slums.
Speaking at Tudor slums during the distribution of sanitary towels, Ms Mwakio said they have rolled out the program in the whole Mombasa county to assist neglected girls who are economically affected by government measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
Statistics shows that menstruation causes Kenyan adolescent girls to lose an average of 3.5 million learning days per month.
UNESCO estimates that one in 10 adolescent girls in Kenya miss school during menses and eventually drop out because of menstruation-related issues, such as the inaccessibility of affordable sanitary protection, the social taboos related to menstruation, and the culture of silence that surrounds it.
The cost of sanitary ware and towels is also beyond the reach of most young women and girls, who are the majority of the unemployed and those living in poverty.
Nominated Mombasa Member of County Assembly-MCA Moses Aran Oindo assured all vulnerable girls living in informal settlements in the county that they will benefit from the program.