When we think of refugees, it’s unlikely that menstrual hygiene is the first thing to come to mind. Yet the lack of basic sanitary provision makes life miserable for refugee women and girls who are on their period. In Uganda, our local partners are working hard to ease this burden.
There are currently around 1.4 million refugees living in Uganda, the majority of whom come from neighbouring South Sudan. Tearfund’s local church partner, Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG), is working in the Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement, home to 124,000 South Sudan and Congolese refugees.
Supporting girls who have reached menstrual age is a huge challenge for the government of Uganda, with a lack of sanitary pads being cited as a key reason for a large increase in school dropouts.
There has been a public outcry and demands that the government should take action; however, nothing has yet been done, and so the church is stepping into the gap.