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Inua Dada works to assess the status of Menstrual Health Management (MHM) and learning environment conditions for primary school girls of menstruating age in Kenya.

An investigation of issues surrounding menstrual hygiene is critical in guiding interventions for desired outcomes.

Through research Inua Dada assesses:

Need states

What are the girls using during their periods, who supports them and what are the demographic details?

Perceptions

What do girls think about products currently in the market – pads, tampons, reusable, cotton wool etc?

Infrastructural barriers

Are there secure, private toilets and sanitary towel disposal areas for girls in the school? If no, where do they go/handle the situation in school?

Cultural nuances/information gaps

How do girls stay clean during their period? How are school girls treated in their local communities? What are the information gaps on menstrual hygiene?

Goal of Inua Dada research program is to:

  • Improve the lives of girls confounded by menstrual health challenges by ensuring that they have access to basic health care, support services and suitable sanitation facilities in school.
  • Work with schools to ensure that girls have access to a supportive and conducive learning environment.
  • Provide girls with Menstrual Health Management (MHM) education and distribute the best option of sanitary products.
  • Advocate for increased support and funding from the Public and Private sector to ensure that school enrolment, attendance, completion rate for girls of menstruating age improves considerably.
  • Produce and share research reports to raise awareness and propose sustainable solutions to effectively address issues affecting development and performance of primary school girls.