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To enable young women and girls manage their monthly flows with dignity

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What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?

Article 25 of the universal declaration of human rights states that everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well being but girls and young women refugees face serious menstrual health management challenges ranging from lack of facilities and materials ,inadequate, policy and cultural taboos. In era of increased humanitarian crisis in Southern Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, there are many young women and girls refugees living in Kampala City suburbs and face the above challenges. These girls and young women are enrolled in schools and majority miss 1-3 school days per month leading to 9 days per term and 27 per year because of menstrual periods. In 220 learning days they loose 11% of study.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?

Being away from home and facing uncertainties about the future affects girls and young women refugees physiologically ,socially and physically. Despite increasing global attention to the issue of menstrual management , the subject of menstrual health is still a sensitive and often a taboo which is not openly discussed, acknowledged in public policy and poorly addressed by humanitarian organizations. The most unanswered questions are; the culture,policy, materials and facilities.

Explain Your Idea

Menstruation is a natural process in a woman's life but lack of adequate guidance and accurate information for girls to manage their menstruation in school is a neglected public health, social, and educational issue. It requires prioritization, coordination, and investment. TURGET UGANDA for her Initiative provide free menstrual health management training for girls in school, provide sanitary towels, knickers, clean water, and privacy spaces.

Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).

It will build knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviors through training refugee girls and young women, boys, parents and school teachers in effective menstrual health management, procure knickers and sanitary towels for 1000 refugee girls and young women in Kampala City suburbs. Provide clean water and privacy spaces for young women and girls in schools and communities. it will change negative cultural beliefs associated with menstruation as a secret and taboo, enable refugee girls and young women manage their monthly flows with dignity, influence policy formulation that recognizes menstrual health as part of humanitarian package. The project will enable girls and young women remain and complete school so that they are useful globally.

How is your idea unique?

Menstrual health management is not prioritized in humanitarian management settings unlike shelter, medical and food yet majority of refugees are women in the menstrual age bracket. Refugee girls and young women running away from violent persecution in search for peace and safety with uncertainty in future face challenges of menstrual health management. Menstruation is a natural process in a woman's life and TURGET UGANDA project will build internal capacity of refugee girls and young women to effectively manage their menstrual health issues with dignity, develop knowledge among mothers, boys and teachers, influence policy formulation that recognizes menstrual health management as part of the humanitarian aid package. It will further provide the required materials such as sanitary towel, knickers, provide clean water and provide privacy spaces. This will be successful as a result of internal capacity building and effective and favorable policy formulation.

What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?

Refugee is a major concern in development and everyone from developing countries is majorly a potential refugee. There is a need to plan, manage and provide for the needs of refugees particularly girls and young women globally.

Who are your end users?

The end users are refugee girls and young women, community members and teachers. The project will benefit 1000 refugee girls and young women enrolled in upper primary and tertiary institutions and living in Kampala City Suburbs, refugee girls and young women will receive five (5) pieces of nickers each per year, 2 packets of sanitary towels per month for 1,000 girls in 12 months, provision of clean water for 10 schools in 6 suburbs in Kampala City , train 200 boys, 500 parents and 50 teachers in schools fighting stigma and discrimination of girls during their menstrual period and train 1000 girls on proper use of sanitary towels, use of clean water and menstruation as a right.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Uganda

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Prolonged displacement

Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in

These are refugees who left their countries of origin in search for peace and safety and they face language barriers resulting into communication challenges. They find accommodation in suburbs and enroll their children in the surrounding universal primary schools and tertiary institutions. These suburbs are poorly serviced and connected with social services, contain a lot of traditional and cultural beliefs of patriarchal nature which don't recognize menstrual health management

What is your organization's name?


Tell us more about you.

TURGET - UGANDA is a seven member organization with a vision of empowering women and young people in sexual reproductive health rights. TURGET UGANDA is registered Non-Governmental Organization under number 11147 in 2015 with Offices at Karobwa Towers, Nkrumah Road in Kampala. Members form the supreme policy and decision making organ. Members elect the four Board of Directors to serve a period of three years on voluntary basis. The Board of Directors are responsible for successful implementation of all policies, program mes and decisions. The Board of Directors appoint one paid Executive Director and 7 other paid members of staff and responsible for day to day operations of the organizations functions and activities.

Organizational Characteristics

  • Women-led organization

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • Community - 1+ communities within 1 country

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • Yes, for more than a year.

Organization Location

Karobwa Towers, Plot 29/29A Nkrumah Road in Kampala Uganda.

What is your organizational status?

  • Registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Roll-out/Ready to Scale: Completed a pilot and am ready / in process of expanding.


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Photo of Kulihoshi Musikami Luke Pecos

Great Idea which should be linked to all other interventions looking at addressing the whole issues of sexual and reproductive rights to refugees and the host communities.

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