The Ministry of Education and Sports is working on a
National Menstrual Hygiene Plan to regulate the price and quality of sanitary
Currently, the price of disposable sanitary towels ranges
between 3,500 and 7,000 shillings for popular brands like Always.
Rosette Nanyanzi, the Gender Technical Adviser at the
Ministry says while the government has tried to regulate the price of sanitary
pads, more can be done to ensure that the products are cheap.
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It is estimated that girls who cannot access sanitary pads
miss up to three days of school.
According to Nanyanzi, the time lost is irreversible and the
plan will help ensure that a sustainable solution is found.
The plan will also look at how the government can provide sanitary pads to
girls in schools. At the moment, the Ministry of Education in a pilot study is
providing sanitary pads to 40 districts benefiting 25 schools in each area.
Some of the benefiting districts include Kiboga, Kyankwanzi, Buliisa,
Otuke, Hoima, Namayingo, Mayuge, Aleptong, and Nakasongola.
The plan will also look at social and cultural norms related to
menstruation that tend to keep girls out of school.
Dr Joyce Moriku Kadacu, the minister in charge of Primary Education says
the plan is needed to ensure that women get the help they need during
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According to Dr. Kaducu, the plan is a multi-sectoral approach that will
help push forward menstrual hygiene. She adds that it will also help prevent
teenage pregnancies since girls will be taught what the changes to their bodies
On Saturday, Uganda joined the rest of the world to celebrate World
Menstrual Hygiene Day.